2018 Best Bagger Contest

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On Saturday, August 18, contestants from across Minnesota competed using reusable grocery bags to determine the best bagger in the state. Nine 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 speed, style, attitude, proper bag building technique, and weight distribution between the bags.

The first place winner in the competition was Tyler Haselkamp of Coborn’s, Clearwater, winning $500 cash, a trophy, and a trip to San Diego, CA to represent Minnesota at the National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship in February 2019. Second place, along with $250 and a trophy was awarded to Robert Hoss of Chris Food Center, Sandstone, and third place, and $150 and a trophy, was awarded to Grace Chandler of Kowalski’s Market, Woodbury.

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 Robert Hoss of Chris Food Center, Sandstone, for coming the longest distance. The “Balance” award was captured by Cody Sik of Mackenthun’s Fine Foods, Waconia, whose two bags had.11 difference between them. Grace Chandler of Kowalski’s Market, Woodbury captured the “Spirit” award, with her many friends, family, and fans. Finally, the “Style” award was presented to Lily Neumann-Drenth of Jerry’s Foods, Woodbury 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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