The official schedule for the 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Qualifier Events has been released. It’s that time of year again when masons across North America put their skill, speed and stamina to the test at their local regional competition with the hope of earning spot at the World Championship in Vegas. But before they can advance to the final round and compete for the title: “World’s Best Bricklayer,” they have to take 1st place at one of the 20 regional events in north america.
In both the Regional and World Championship events, each bricklayer works with their favorite mason tender to build a 26-foot, double-wythe brick wall totaling 500 or more units in just 60-minutes. The walls are judged by experienced masonry experts focusing on quality workmanship standards that include, among other criteria, joint thickness, height, plumb, level, and voids, which are commonly called “bee holes.” Any infractions result in deductions from the total amount of brick installed in the wall. The bricklayer-mason tender team with the most bricks laid after any deductions wins the event. The winners of each Regional battle is added to the roster of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship held in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 3, 2016. The Event attracts over 4,000 attendees during the World of Concrete/World of Masonry tradeshow, and is widely recognized as the world’s largest tradesmen competition offering the greatest purse of cash and prizes, valued at over $100,000, including a 2016 Ford F-250 4×4 truck.
The 20 Regional winners will compete against the returning 2015 World Champion, Fred Campbell of Tennessee and SPEC MIX Top Craftsman®, Garrett Hood of North Carolina, who laid 743 and 723 bricks respectively. The Regional competitions start in early August and run through mid-November which gives all 22 finalists plenty of time to train for the big showdown in Las Vegas.
SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional – British Columbia Date: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 Location: Kwantlen Polytech University – 5500 180th St., Surrey, BC V3S 6R1