August 16, 2012
EAGAN, MN — SPEC MIX®, Inc., announces the 2012 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Competition Schedule. The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regionals are a series of 16 qualifying events taking place throughout North America that draws the area’s best masons possessing the skill, speed and stamina required to qualify for the chance to win a new FORD F-250 XLT 4X4 truck and nearly $100,000 in cash and prizes at the National competition held once a year. Widely recognized as the world’s foremost bricklaying competition that provides the largest winner’s purse of any masonry event, the winners of each Regional will go on to compete at the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National Event during the World of Concrete/World of Masonry trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Gold Lot. At Nationals over 3,500 spectators and masonry enthusiasts cheer while 21 bricklayers battle for the highly coveted title and answer to the question: “Who is the World’s Best Bricklayer?”
Established in 2003 to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of professional masons, the general description of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional events is as follows: A two-man team consisting of a mason and a mason tender are given 60 minutes to complete a 26 foot 8 inch, double wythe brick wall while meeting strict quality standards enforced by a panel of industry expert judges. The winner of each regional competition will advance to the National Event in on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Award places are based on the highest brick counts meeting the quality standards and competition rules. The second most coveted award at both National and Regional events, The SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN Award, is judged as the most sellable wall meeting a qualifying brick count. Unlike Regional contests, at Nationals, it is common for some competitors to target the TOP CRAFTSMAN award as their primary goal, even though it has the second highest award purse. While this award consists of substantial cash, prizes, and industry recognition, this title does not provide a spot to compete with the other 20 teams shooting for the championship.
To register to compete in your area’s Regional Competition, or for more information on the event, please contact the local representative listed for the closest competition. The 2013 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 National event will be held at the Masonry Construction’s Challenge Arena during the 2013 World of Concrete/ World of Masonry trade show and is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, 2013.