SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500
Nearly 4,000 spectators gathered to watch the 2015 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship event, held during MASONRY MADNESS Day at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry tradeshow in February. The competition pits some of the world’s best masons in one arena for a 60-minute battle that determines the “World’s Best Bricklayer.”
The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 competition had a record high 24 competitors vying for the top title World’s Best Bricklayer. One mason traveled 7,500 miles to compete. New to the World Championship event this year was the promotion and fundraiser for the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation – a non-profit educational foundation that focuses on providing funds for the post-secondary education of surviving children of members of the U.S. Military who have lost their lives in the line of duty. An online auction was hosted by SPEC MIX Inc. to raise money and create awareness of this worthy cause. Representatives and beneficiaries of Fallen Patriots were introduced to the crowd during the event. Several of the cosponsors of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship donated items to the online auction as well as direct money contributions to the foundation.
First place winner Fred Campbell of Tennessee laid 743 bricks and won a Ford F-250 Super Duty truck and more than $10,000 in cash and prizes. This was Campbell’s sixth attempt at competing in the World Championship contest, and in 2013 he also won first place. This year, Campbell walked into the competition arena 65 pounds lighter and vowed that when he won, he would give the keys to the Ford F-250 truck to his best friend and mason tender, Tony Shelton. He kept that promise. Learn more about his winnings and prizes for his 1st Place win at specmixbricklayer500.com.
Garrett Hood, with Huntley Brothers from Monroe, N.C., took 2nd place overall and the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN award with 723 bricks. His mason tender was Ed Huntley. Learn more about his winnings and prizes for the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN award and his 2nd Place win at specmixbricklayer500.com.
Third Place overall was Brian Wade who laid 666 bricks. Wade is from Stanton, Ky., and the first from that state to place at the World Championship competition. His mason tender was Brandy Noble of Wade Masonry. Learn about their winnings and prizes at specmixbricklayer500.com.
The 2015 SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER winner was Brian Tuttle, with Quik Trowel Masonry located in Clearfield, Utah. This undercard contest for mason tenders focuses on the mason tender preparing the mason’s work area in a detailed and pre-defined way in the fastest time possible. Tuttle was tending mason for his brother, Scott, who won the Utah regional qualifying contest. He claimed this year’s title by completing the job in 18 minutes, 7 seconds. Learn about his winnings at specmixbricklayer500.com.
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