Who is Iowa’s Best Bricklayer?

Eldridge, Iowa– The world’s largest and most exciting masonry challenge, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500®, is coming to Eldridge on October 6th, 2023. The top masons from the Iowa will grab their levels and trowels to battle for a chance to be named, “Iowa’s Best Bricklayer.”

The 2023 Iowa SMBL500 Regional Event is one of 23 Regional Series qualifiers being held across North America. The bricklaying battle is designed to test the speed, skill, and stamina of each participant by challenging them to build the highest and best 26-foot-long brick wall in one hour, with as few craftsmanship errors as possible. Working with their trusted mason tender, the winning bricklayer is determined by a judging panel who subtracts any mistakes from the total number of bricks laid on the wall. The mason with the highest brick count at the end of judging earns a roster spot at the 2024 World Championship taking place January 24, 2024, in Las Vegas during the World of Concrete trade show. Don’t miss your chance to see this world-famous competition up close!

Recognized as the “Super Bowl of Masonry” that draws thousands of spectators cheering on their favorite team. World Championship prizes total more than $125,000 and include a new Kubota RTV-X1140, Essick Pro12 Mixer, tools from IQ Power Tools, Stabila, STIHL, and much more.

With workforce development being the primary battle cry for the skilled trades, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is a tool designed to create awareness and interest needed to entice the next generation of masons. Since its inception in 2003, the BRICKLAYER 500 has served as the masonry industry’s leading resource to recruit men and women to the craft.


WHEN: Friday, October 6th, 2023 – 11:00AM

WHERE: TCC Materials – 600 Slopertown Road, Eldridge, IA 52748

LOCAL CONTACT: Scott Ellingson – 515-360-2319



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