Johnson City bricklaying team to compete in national championship in Las Vegas


GRAY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Teams met in Gray, Tennessee on Thursday to see who the top bricklayers in East Tennessee are.

Seven local teams met at the Gray Fairgrounds to compete in the SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 East Tennessee Regional Series.

Teams are comprised of two people: a mason and a tender.

Mason Adam Valdivia and tender Salvador Cruz from A&D Masonry in Johnson City teamed up and took first place to win the East Tennessee Regional Series and advance to the World Championship in Las Vegas. They beat six other teams and laid a total of 563 bricks to earn the title of “East Tennessee Best Bricklayer.”

They will now compete in Vegas for the chance to win over $125,000 in prizes and a brand new Ford F-250 4×4 Truck, a Kubota utility vehicle and the title of “Worlds Best Bricklayer.”

The winning team of the regional series will join 21 other duos in Las Vegas for the national championship. The national championship will be held in January 2022.

“We have a 3-time winner from this community, Fred Campbell from Creative Masonry,” said competition emcee Ryan Coyne. “This is our 20th anniversary for the SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500, so with this regional event, we’re gonna have a team go out to Nevada and compete for that national championship.”

Coyne said the national level follows the same layout as the regional series, with two-person teams competing.

Fred Campbell, a Greeneville native, announced in May 2021 he would be competing for his final title in June. Campbell had qualified for the tournament 11 times and is the competition’s only three-time winner.

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