The fastest twenty minutes in masonry returns to Vegas
MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block
By Tim O’Toole
Ask any mason about the MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block competition and they’ll all tell you the same thing: it’s the most intense twenty minutes in masonry. Throw in $15,000 in cash and prizes and this competition is straight up madness.
The contest pits journeyman masons, accompanied by their favorite tender, against one another in a show of speed. Each contestant's goal is to complete as much of a 30-foot long wall as possible, using 8"x8"x16" CMU and the provided mortar in a twenty-minute heat. But speed alone won’t net the $6,000 check for first place. Contestants will also be judged on craftsmanship, and use normal masonry practices and hand tools.
2013 Fastest Trowel on the Block champion Arcadio Armenta from Sutter Masonry, Inc. in El Mirage, Ariz. will return to defend his title, along with a number of former champions and new comers looking to reach the top of the mountain.
You won’t want to miss one second of the non-stop action. It all goes down Wednesday, January 22 at 11:30 AM during Masonry Madness Day in the Gold Lot.
Visit www.masoncontractors.org/convention today for a full list of events taking place during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry and to register.
About the Author
Tim O’Toole is the Director of Marketing, Education, and Information Technology for the MCAA. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University and has worked in the masonry industry since 2003.