Stanford bricklayer second from region to qualify for ‘Bricklayer 500’

STANTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Brick mason Brian Wade, of Wade Masonry in Stanton, is gearing up for a chance to claim the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer” at the 2021 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship in Las Vegas on June 9.

Wade is the second Eastern Kentucky bricklayer to qualify for Las Vegas, joining Allen McCleese from Hillsboro, Ky.

In the competition regularly referred to as the “Super Bowl of Masonry,” Wade is one of 21 other masons battling be called the best-of-the-best. Along with his mason tender, Richard Mullins, the duo qualified for the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 after winning the West Tennessee Regional Series in Springfield, Tenn., earlier this year.

Wade qualified for the World Championship after laying an adjusted brick count of 670, in only one hour.

They will battle for a chance to win over $125,000 in cash and prizes, which includes a shot at a new Ford F250 4×4 Truck and Kubota RTV-X1140.

In addition to this being the biggest bricklaying battle in the world, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is the flagship event for the World of Concrete, the first convention held in Las Vegas since Covid-19 began changing our lives forever.

The competition is who can lay the most brick, with the least amount of deductions in one hour. Regional qualifiers are held across North America to determine who has the right to compete in Las Vegas. This year marks the 19th anniversary of the event.

Wade started out in the masonry industry as a tender for a local mason, but quickly learned to lay on the wall after a few short months. He has been laying brick for the last 27 years.

Wade first heard of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 after coming across it on the internet and decided to take part in the competition. This will be Brian’s fourth appearance on the World Championship stage.

He believes this event fosters brotherhood among masons, informs the public about new products, and encourages young people to consider masonry as a career.

When asked about the competition and what he is doing to prep for it, Wade states that he loves competing and is looking forward to it. He has been practicing by competing against himself, just trying to break his own record. Which at the 2020 West Tennessee Regional Championship, he was able to lay 670 brick in one hour.

Wade believes the future of masonry is all about the younger generation. He would like to tell future masons to never give up, and that it takes time to develop the skills needed to do a great job and do it efficiently.

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