2017 MGA Best Bagger Contest

On Saturday August 19, contestants from across Minnesota competed using reusable grocery bags to determine the best bagger in the state.  Ten contestants vied for the title of Best Bagger.  The Sear’s Court at the Mall of America was packed with fans and onlookers who soon picked favorites.  The judges critiqued the quality of each bag on the grounds of weight, principles of bagging, proper bagging technique of foods, like bread and eggs, and style, attitude and appearance. 

The first place winner in the competition was Caleb Meyer of Kowalski’s Market, Oak Park Heights, winning $500, a trophy, and a trip to Las Vegas to represent Minnesota at the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship in February 2018. Second place, along with $250 and a trophy was awarded to Tyler Haselkamp of Coborn’s, Clearwater, and third place was awarded to Alex Brink of Brink’s Market, Chisago City.

Aside from prizes for the top three finishers, there were four winners in additional categories, with winners receiving $50 and a trophy.  The “Traveler” award was granted to Chris Peterson of Teal’s Market, Spicer, for coming the longest distance.  The “Balance” award was captured by Ashley Hohenstein of Jerry’s Foods, Woodbury, whose two bags had .17 wieght difference between them.  Kyle Ouverson of Chris’ Food Center, Pine City captured the “Spirit” award, with his many friends, family, and fans.  Finally, the “Style” award was presented to Gunnar Grimsley of Jubilee Foods, Mound who best exemplified the image and style of the baggers in the contest.

Special thanks to our event sponsor, SUPERVALU, the volunteers and judges, and congratulations to all of the participants and winners!

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