Masonry Madness Day is a collection of the most intense, exciting masonry competitions in the world and it all took place on one day, at the World of Concrete 2013. One event after the other, the best bricklayers, blocklayers, mason apprentices, and tenders battled in four unique masonry contests to prove who is the world’s best.
Billed as the main event for the competition series, when the 60-minute SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 came to an end, the first place title was awarded to Fred Campbell, 41, a mason and owner of Creative Masonry, in Jonesborough, Tenn.
Campbell was declared the “World’s Best Bricklayer” with an adjusted total of 634 brick laid earning him the grand prize; a new 2013 Ford F-250 XLT SuperDuty CrewCab 4x4 truck among other prizes. Tony Shelton, his mason tender, is from Afton, Tenn.
This was Campbell’s third time competing in the event. His father taught him the trade from the age of 10 and he has been laying brick for most of his life. He’d been practicing on a wall set up just like the competition and enlisted friends to judge his work. This is the team’s first time in the winner’s circle.
The second place overall winner was a past champion, mason Ray Robinson, 46, with J.A.M Construction, Lake City, Fla. With the help of mason tender Lynette Darby, Robinson laid 588 brick and won $4000, an IQ 360 14-inch Masonry Saw with built-in vacuum system, and other sponsor prizes.
Coming in third place was mason Darian Douthit, 41, of Providence Masonry in Fairland, Okla. Douthit laid 576 brick and his mason tender was Fernando (Andy) Zepeda of Oklahoma City. Douthit won $3000 in cash and several sponsor prizes.
The 2013 SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 Top Craftsman award was given to mason Steve Cleveland, 38, of Midwest Masonry in Mundelein, Ind. Cleveland laid an adjusted total of 530 brick. The combined brick count and quality of his wall was judged the “most sellable” by the panel of 25 masonry officials. Cleveland’s mason tender was William R. Hill III, from Hobart, Ind. As the Top Craftsman, Cleveland won $5000 in cash, a Multiquip PRO12 mixer, a STIHL GS 461 Rock Boss Concrete Cutter, and thousands in sponsor prizes.
This was the 11th annual event that pits 20 of the top bricklayers in the world to compete for one hour in this test of speed, skill, and stamina to take home the gold! Journeymen, bricklayers, and their trusty tenders from all over the U.S., Canada, England, and Australia fiercely competed for the title of “World’s Best Bricklayer,” and a total purse of over $100,000. With more than 4000 spectators present and 7000-plus live webcast viewers on the edge of their seats, this was clearly the Masonry Madness Day favorite.