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2018 LEGO Competition to Raise Money for Watauga Humane Society is this Saturday, May 19

The Boone LEGO Competition will be held in the Central Plaza of Boone Mall.

By Hailey Blevins

LEGO lovers of all ages are invited to the annual Boone Brick Building Contest, which will return to the Central Plaza at Boone Mall this Saturday, May 19 from noon until 4 p.m. to showcase local LEGO talent and craftsmanship. The event will bring together novice to advanced LEGO builders to raise funds for the Watauga Humane Society.

Participants can compete to build the best piece for their category or bring one that is already built for the Display Only category. The contest is divided into seven separate competition categories.

Last year, the event had 85 entries and raised $933 for the Watauga Humane Society. This year, they expect to surpass last year’s entries, with groups coming to participate from all over North Carolina and beyond. Participants can enter a raffle for a chance to win a prize. All proceeds from entries and the prizes for the contest range from a $10 gift card from Walmart to a $50 gift card from Walmart to a trophy. Raffle prizes vary but are equal to over $1,000. Every entry to the contest will receive a participant prize and a raffle ticket.

Early online registration will remain open through Friday, and on-site registration will be available on the day of the event. Judging will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., so all entries must be entered by 3 p.m.

Creations will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Creativity 
  2. Originality 
  3. Aesthetic Design
  4. Cuteness (for lower levels)
  5. Engineering/Difficulty (for higher levels)
  6. Innovation of Part Integration
  7. Humor

The contest’s categories are divided as follows:

Display Only

$5 donation. Participants can display their creations but will not be eligible for contest prizes. Participant prizes can be awarded.

Budding Bricksters

$5 donation and maximum age of 7 years. Participants may use DUPLOs.


$10 donation and maximum age of 9 years. This category is designed for young participants. DUPLOs are not permitted.


$10 donation and maximum age of 15 years. This category is intended for participants with some experience building.


$10 donation and maximum age of 18 years. The Brick-Brains category is intended for experienced builders.


$10 donation and no age limit. This category is space themed (ships, dioramas, aliens, etc.).


$10 donation and no age limit. This category is for advanced builders. Technic projects and Mindstorms Robotic Creations are allowed.

If you have any questions about the competition, contact Erik Lanier at eriklanier@hotmail.com or 828-963-3798. You can also visit the event’s webpage here.

All creations for the competition must be original, with the exception of the “Display Only” category. To view the rules and guidelines for the competition, click here.

To register for the event, open the event website’s early registration form here. All participants who register early will receive an extra raffle ticket. To view prizes and a FAQ page for the event, visit the Boone Brick Building Contest website at boonebrick.com.

A replica of the Mast General Store by Mallory Poteat won the Brick Master Category last year.