Brickworld Tampa offers builders a chance to be kids again

Legos brings out builder's inner child

It will be hard to miss the featured piece at this weekend’s Brickworld event at the Florida State Fairgrounds: a 26-foot-long, 500,000-LEGO brick replica of the USS Missouri battleship.

But, don’t forget to visit James Burrows' roller coaster.

“This was a very daunting task,” the Spring Hill man said while adjusting his 50,000-brick machine. “I enjoy building things.

“You can shrink yourself down and can immerse yourself right into my displays.”

Burrows began tinkering with the childhood favorite four years ago after his wife, Dawn, requested he build her a LEGO version of an Arby’s restaurant.

That was the beginning of his colorful hobby.

“She can only blame herself,” he said with a chuckle.

 

Burrows will disp

lay multiple tables of LEGO creations this weekend. He spends 20-25 hours per week building the LEGO structures. He will show off a working Jurassic World-themed roller coaster, a Wild West scene, a snapshot of a scene from an upcoming LEGO movie and more year’s event.

“Everything that I set up this weekend I’ll be at a million pieces,” he said.

“There is something amazing to see and fun to do for kids and adults,” said Brickworld Tampa executive director and LEGO fan, Bryan Bonahoom. “The imagination and engineering of these displays is always inspiring.”

Brickworld Tampa will be held on Nov. 19 and 20 at the Special Events Building on the Florida State Fairgrounds. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.  Admission is $12, and children under 3 are free.

Active duty and reserve service men and women can get a discounted $9 adult ticket (military ID required).

Tickets available at the door (cash or credit) or online via the Brickworld web site at http://brickworld.com.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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