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Watch the best masons compete

Thousands in cash and prizes will be given away


The Masonry Skills Challenge will be held Tuesday, January 24, 2012 in Las Vegas.

The Masonry Skills Challenge will be held Tuesday, January 24, 2012 in Las Vegas.
Watch the best masons in the industry compete in a number of exciting competitions during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas. Each event will keep the audience on the edge of their seats to see who is crowned the best in the industry.

Masonry Skills Challenge

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:00 AM
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall

The Masonry Skills Challenge presented by Lafarge North America is a competition of masonry apprentices in first, second and third year skill levels. This exciting competition spotlights our industry's finest young masons and focuses attention on careers in the masonry industry.

Contestants are divided by experience level, 'First Years' who are just entering the trade through 'Third Years' who are just about to enter the workforce as journeymen. Each level is given a project to build appropriate to their know-how. The catch? The projects are a complete surprise!

Contestants have three hours to complete their projects with the given materials. Awards are presented to the top three apprentices in each skill level.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 10:30 AM
Las Vegas Convention Center, Gold Lot

Who is the nation's best bricklayer? The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® competition at the World of Masonry in Las Vegas will answer the question.

The competition includes two separate events. Prior to the brick laying competition, each team's tender will prove to the crowd who is the fastest in the "Toughest Tender" contest. These iron men will lay out the masons' competition site with 1,000 brick evenly staged.

Twenty teams consisting of a journeyman mason and a tender will compete in the brick laying competition with the goal of laying as many brick as possible in one hour.

The judges will check each mason's wall for workmanship and production to determine who will make it to the winner's circle.

Fastest Trowel on the Block

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 11:30 AM
Las Vegas Convention Center, Gold Lot

The Fastest Trowel on the Block Competition is a showcase of industry craftsmanship and a testament of both the speed and skill of our industry's workforce.

Each contestant's goal is to complete as much of an 18-blocklong wall as possible, using 8"x8"x16" CMU and the provided mortar in a twenty-minute heat. Contestants must have a high degree of workmanship using normal masonry practices and hand tools.

The contest promotes quality training and pride in workmanship among journeymen and contractors, as well as promoting the craftsmanship, speed and versatility of masonry systems and the masonry workforce. This contest also rewards and highlights the country's best mason journeymen for their hard work and dedication to the trade.

Winners of the contest will take home thousands in cash and prizes!

Think you have what it takes to compete? Download an application form today at and register to be a part of the fastest twenty minutes in masonry.

Make your plans to join us at the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Visit today for more information and to register.

About the Author

Tim O’Toole is the Director of Marketing for the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA). He has a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University and has worked in the masonry industry since 2003.


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