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!


Thursday, July 13, 2017
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
Destin, Florida


Friday, August 11, 2017
Iowa State Fairgrounds Susan Knapp Amphitheater
Des Moines, IA


2:30PM, Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, MA


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

Rhode Island

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Kirkbrae Country Club
Lincoln, RI


Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Thanksgiving Point
Lehi, UT


2:00 PM, Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Washington State Fair
Puyallup, WA


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


11:30AM, Saturday, August 19, 2017
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN


11:00 AM, Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Giant Eagle Market District
3061 Kingsdale Center
Upper Arlington, OH 43221


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


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


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

Interested in hosting a Best Bagger competition?

Contact Taylor Drzewicki, Coordinator PAC & Grassroots at