MASONRY MADNESS is today!
Catch the action live or online
By Tim O’Toole
Over $120,000 in cash and prizes will be given away today during MASONRY MADNESS™ in Las Vegas! It’s a collection of the most exciting masonry competitions in the world and it all takes place on one day in the Gold Lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
One event after the other, you’ll see the best bricklayers, blocklayers, mason apprentices and tenders compete in four unique masonry contests to prove who is the world’s best. You don’t want to miss a second of the action as these highly skilled craftsman compete for the largest value of cash and prizes ever awarded for any construction industry event. It’s MASONRY MADNESS!
Masonry Skills Challenge
9:00 AM - 12:00 PMThe Masonry Skills Challenge is a competition of masonry apprentices in first, second and third year skill levels. This exciting competition highlights 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.
Toughest Tender Contest
10:45 AM - 11:30 AMPrior to the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® 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 to set up a predefined work area for the mason while racing against the clock.
Fastest Trowel on the Block
11:30 AM - 12:00 PMThe 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. Winners of the contest will take home thousands in cash and prizes!
SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500®
12:15 PM - 3:00 PMWho is the nation's best bricklayer? The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® competition at the World of Masonry in Las Vegas will answer the question. 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.
If you weren’t able to make it to Las Vegas, you can still catch all the action live and online at www.specmixbricklayer500.com.
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.