NGA Best Bagger Championship

Congratulations to the 2017 Best Bagger Champion, Brady Long of Buehler's Fresh Foods!

Brady defeated 22 other Best Bagger competitors from across the nation to claim a grand prize of $10,000 and the title of the National Grocers Association (NGA) Best Bagger Champion.

2017 Best Bagger Champion Brady Long
L to R: Brady Long, 2017 Best Bagger Champion, Duff Goldman, Kristin Mullins, President/CEO Ohio Grocers, Peter Larkin, President and CEO, NGA, Bob Ling, NGA Chairman of the Board

About Best Bagger

Bagging has been an important step for many supermarket employees who have pursued long and rewarding careers in the grocery industry. The National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship features retailers with infectious company pride and an enthusiastic commitment to customer service.

The first Best Bagging contest was held in 1987 in Dallas, TX. The “Texas – Oklahoma Checkout Shootout” featured two contestants and former NFL Quarterback Terry Bradshaw as the emcee. Since then, NGA has branded and grown the event to feature more than 25 state bagging contestants with Food Network star Duff Goldman as the master of ceremonies. 

2017 State Contest Information

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Participating in your state's Best Bagger contest? Use the hashtags, #BestBagger and #NGAShow18, to share with the world your best bagging skills. We hope to see you in Vegas!


1:00PM, Sunday, July 23, 2017
Sunshine EXPO Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Kissimmee, Florida


Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Good Shepherd Food Bank
Auburn, ME

Rhode Island

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Kirk brae Country Club
Lincoln, RI


11:00 AM, Saturday, October 21, 2017
University Mall
South Burlington, VT


2:00 PM, Wednesday, September 21, 2017
Washington State Fair
Puyallup, WA


Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Location TBD


Friday, August 21, 2017
Iowa State Fairgrounds Susan Knapp Amphitheater
Des Moines, IA


7:00PM, Friday, July 21, 2017
Tan-Tar-A Resort
Osage Beach, MO


3:00 PM, Friday, June 9, 2017
Knoxville Convention Center
Knoxville, TN


4:00 PM, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Hyatt Regency & KI Center
Green Bay, WI

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