The winners of the 2010 Bricklayer 500. From left to right are Justin Jakubisin, toughest tender; Ken Rutley, second place; Garrett Hood, first place; Joseph Vanek, top craftsman; and Adam Vaske, third place.
The winners of the 2010 Bricklayer 500. From left to right are Justin Jakubisin, toughest tender; Ken Rutley, second place; Garrett Hood, first place; Joseph Vanek, top craftsman; and Adam Vaske, third place.

Garrett Hood of McGee Brothers Co., Monroe, N.C., took first place after laying 911 bricks in one hour in the SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 competition.

Crowds went wild, Wednesday, Feb. 3 watching 20, two-man teams made up of a mason and mason tender, compete to lay the most bricks while meeting strictly defined quality standards. The competition has the largest winner's purse of any masonry competition.

Along with taking home the title of "World's Best Bricklayer," Hood won a new Ford pickup truck, $5000 cash, and thousands more in sponsor prizes. Past WOC attendees may remember Hood from previous contests; Hood took second place at last year's event laying 875 bricks and won first in 2008. At age 25, he certainly has made a name for himself in his nine-year career.

Second place and $4000 cash went to Ken Rutley of Mayzes Masonry, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, for laying a 818-brick wall. Finally, Adam Vaske, of Seedork Masonry, Strawberry Point, Iowa, placed 691 bricks to win third and a $3000 cash prize.

Joseph Vanek, of Vanek Masonry, Oak Forest, Ill., won the SPEC MIX Top Craftsman award for his "most sellable" wall. He won $5000 cash. Justin Jakubisin of Giambrone Masonry Inc., Hudson, Ohio, won the SPEC MIX Toughest Tender competition. For setting up his work area the fastest, including brick and tools, he won $2500 cash and sponsor prizes.

To view a free Web broadcast of the event, visit www.specmixbricklayer500.com.