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Outdoor Gold Lot Events


Gold Lot, front of North Hall
Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Don't miss MASONRY MADNESS™ at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas this February! It's a collection of the most exciting masonry competitions in the world and it all takes place on one day, at one location.


9:00 - 12:00 PM
The MCAA's Masonry Skills Challenge is a competition of masonry apprentices in first, second and third year skill levels. The contest is a showcase for skills training in the masonry industry, challenging winning apprentices from regional competitions held throughout the country to determine the top masonry apprentice at each level. The exciting competition spotlights our industry's finest young masons and focuses attention on careers in the masonry industry. Contestants are divided by experience level, "First Years" who are just entering the trade through "Third Years" who are just about to enter the workforce as journeymen. Each level is given a project to build appropriate to their know-how.

10:45 - 11:30 AM
At the SPEC MIX Toughest Tender®, the world's top mason tenders compete for the fastest time setting up their SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® workstation. Watch as they haul tons of brick, block, equipment and materials to beat their peers and take home $2,500 cash and prizes.

11:30 - 12:00 PM
MCAA's Fastest Trowel on the Block is hosted by the Mason Contractors Association of America ( and is a showcase of industry craftsmanship and a testament of both the speed and skill of the industry's workforce. Only those journeymen masons who have the skill, confidence and courage to face-off with the industry's best are invited to compete. This contest proves how important teamwork is in accomplishing a final product. The competition will pit journeyman masons, accompanied by their favorite tender, against one another in a show of both speed and craftsmanship.Each contestant's goal is to complete as much of a 30 foot long wall as possible, using 8"x 8"x16" CMU and the provided mortar in a twenty-minute heat. Contestants must have a high degree of workmanship using normal masonry practices and hand tools.

12:00 NOON
Who is the nation's best bricklayer? The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP competition at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas will answer the question. Each team consists of a mason and mason tender building a 26 foot 8 inch, double wythe brick wall. The most bricks laid in one hour and counted under the quality rules wins the event. Judged by over 20 highly qualified industry experts, the award places are based on the highest brick counts meeting the quality standards and competition rules. The judges will check each mason's wall for workmanship and production to determine who will make it to the winner's circle, where over $100,000 in cash and prizes will be given away. The champion is awarded the title "World's Best Bricklayer" and handed the keys to drive home in the grand prize, a new Ford F-250 4x4 SuperDuty Truck. Learn more at

The Western Star Trucks Get Tough Challenge
Gold Lot, front of North Hall
Tuesday February 2 - Thursday, February 4


Watch contestants demonstrate their operating and safety knowledge of Class 8 severe duty trucks including concrete mixers and dump trucks. This challenge will feature tasks that often occur on construction sites such as: backing into park stations; parking parallel to a curb; backing along an S-curve, performing a three-point turn, and driving over a ramp made of granular fill.


Gold Lot, front of North Hall
Tuesday February 2 - Thursday, February 4

Get in the driver’s seat during the exciting John Deere Operator Challenge. Put your speed and accuracy to the test on a 4WD loader, skid steer, backhoe, or excavator, and score points toward the top daily prize. For each event, the operator is timed and penalized for errors and not accomplishing a task. This is a must-attend event for anyone in the concrete production industry; it’s packed with excitement, fun, and an opportunity to learn something new! Don’t miss the excitement of watching contestants operate construction equipment with skill and precision.

Gold Lot, front of North Hall
Tuesday February 2 - Thursday, February 4

CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION magazine’s Slab Construction Showcase will take place during show hours in the Gold Parking Lot. The event will feature several examples of the newest techniques contractors can use to form, place, treat, or repair concrete on flatwork applications such slab on grade, elevated floors and pavements.

Demonstrations will include:
Creating a High-Gloss Concrete Slab without Polishing
How to Use a Roller Screed on a Curve
Using a Screed Support System to Level Slabs 
How to Use Vibration to Smooth Concrete Surfaces
How to Restore a Decorative Concrete Slab’s Surface
How to Efficiently Install and Effective Vapor Barrier

Gold Lot, front of North Hall
Tuesday February 2 - Thursday, February 4


This year, the event area will focus on quality placement. Concrete will be placed at 1 p.m. each day, produced onsite using a volumetric mixer from Cementech. It will be struck-off using a roller screed.

Stop by to:
See the newest techniques
in placing this paving material.

Pervious Installer Performance Evaluation Demonstration
Contractors can earn Pervious Concrete Installer certification by successfully completing a performance evaluation. During this live demonstration, attendees will see how installer evaluations are conducted. Certified installers will place pervious concrete using roller screeds. The pervious concrete will be produced onsite using a volumetric mixer.

Precast Operations Showcase
Gold Lot, front of North Hall
Tuesday February 2 - Thursday, February 4

In the last few years, precast concrete producers have been incorporating many technological advances into the production of wet-cast products. In the Precast Operations Showcase, using interactive presentations, attendees will view current wet-cast methods used in the production of septic tanks, vaults, and risers. Demonstrations will focus on form preparation, reinforcement, consolidation, and stripping.





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