IOWA REGIONAL

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2019

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11:00 AM - SPEC MIX JR. BRICKLAYER

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12:30 PM - WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER

VINTON, IA HOSTS 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® REGIONAL SERIES EVENT

Regional Series Contact: Scott Ellingson (515) 360-2319, Rhonda Gordon (515) 401-0105, Alex Steffen (515) 360-0650

The 2019 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® regional series is headed to Vinton, IA. This is the first such event to be held in Iowa in an effort to expand the search for the World’s Best Bricklayer throughout the Midwest.Teams of brick masons and tenders will battle for a trip to compete in the World Championship at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas where they have a chance at over $125,000 in cash and prizes, include a new Ford F250 4x4 truck and John Deere Gator XUV.

In addition to hosting the World Championship qualifier, Iowa is one the select sites across North America to host a SPEC MIX Jr. BRICKLAYER competition. This new and exciting event tests masonry apprentices and high school students in an abbreviated version of the main regional competition.

In the midst of a skilled labor shortage, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 was created to energize a new generation of masons. The concept is simple; a competition series designed to test the skill, speed and stamina of local masons by building the biggest wall, with the least amount of errors, in one hour.

COMPLETE EVENT SCHEDULE:
8:30 AM Competitor Check-In
Sign in at the SPEC MIX table and receive competitor hats, shirts and selected masonry materials
9:00 AM Competitor Meeting
Go over the rules and judging criteria in the competition area
9:30 AM Lay Starter Courses
SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Competitors & SPEC MIX JR. BRICKLAYER competitors will have 1 1/2 hours to lay two courses of block and one course of brick as the starter courses for the competition
11:00 AM SPEC MIX JR. BRICKLAYER
The race to find the region’s best apprentice bricklayer begins
12:00 PM SPEC MIX JR. BRICKLAYER judging
12:30 PM SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship Qualifier
The race to qualify for a roster spot in the World Championship in Las Vegas begins
1:30 PM Competition ends
1:35 PM Wall Tooling Starts
1:55 PM Wall Tooling Ends
2:00 PM Judging
2:45 PM SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 awards ceremony


THE JR. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500®

For the first time in the history of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500, high school and post-secondary students will be allowed to compete in their own competition designed specifically for their skill level. Those chosen to compete in the Jr. Competition will be given 20 minutes to build an abbreviated version of the wall being constructed during the day’s journeymen bricklaying battle. Students from local trade schools will have a chance to compete in Iowa this year.

The Jr. Bricklaying event is part of a greater workforce development initiative, Masonry Education Day, which allows students a chance to meet local contractors and vendors to learn more about jobs and products in their area. Along with the student competitors, additional masonry students  will be in attendance to cheer on their peers while participating in the education program.

The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® was established by SPEC MIX in 2003 to showcase the skill and craftsmanship of professional masons. It is featured as the headliner event of MASONRY MADNESS™ Day during the World of Concrete and recognized as the masonry industry’s premier bricklaying competition with a total purse estimated at $125,000 that annually awards the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer”. Each year there are a series of preliminary SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Qualifying Events held throughout North America to determine who will compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship. The Championship finale draws as many as 4,000 spectators with thousands of live webcast viewers who tune in to watch this bricklayer battle.

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