The skills and show portions of a county fair often demonstrate the best in what people can accomplish. There are often grudge matches between neighbors who may spend the following year debating the result of the judges’ choice. Winning a blue ribbon or trophy isn’t the only goal, after all they are only “things.”

So it was only natural that the organizers of the first regional SPEC MIX Bricklayer 500 would expect that one of the six master masons gathered at the Kane County Fair, Geneva, Ill., would challenge the feat set by the participants in the first national competition conducted in Las Vegas earlier this year. That expectation came to fruition with the winner – Mike Boll, president of Boll Masonry – laying almost 200 more brick than the Vegas winner.