NGA Best Bagger Championship

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History of the Best Bagger Competition

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.

Best Bagger Timeline

Best Bagger Timeline

2019 National Championship

Congratulations to 2019 Best Bagger Champion Dwayne Campbell

2018 Best Bagger Champion

L to R: Akbar Gbajabiamila, Art Rosenberg (VP Industry & Customer Development, PepsiCo), Cheryl Sommer (Chair of the Board), Trevor DeForest (2018 Best Bagger Champion), Peter Larkin (NGA President and CEO), and Dwayne Campbell (2019 Best Bagger Champion)

2020 Best Bagger National Championship

February 23-26, 2020
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA
Sponsored by: PepsiCo
Best Bagger Contestants

Cheer on your state’s bagger as NGA celebrates over 30 years of bagging excellence at The NGA Show! Elite baggers from across the country vie for the championship title and a $10,000 cash prize during the evening event.

2020 State Competitions


July 18, 8:00-10:00 PM
Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin, FL

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August 17
Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

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New York

September 14

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Rhode Island

Winner: Samantha Falkowski, Dave’s Marketplace




October 19, 1:00 PM
University Mall, South Burlington, VT

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October 2, 4:00 PM
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Wisconsin Dells, WI

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August 9
Iowa State Fairgrounds Susan Knapp Amphitheater

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October 17, 2:00 PM
Margarittaville Lake Resort,  Osage Beach, MO

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August 6, 11:00 AM
Baker's IGA

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May 9
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

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October 8
Historic 1625, Tacoma, WA

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Best Bagger Handbook

Click below to view the Best Bagger Handbook outlining the official eligibility requirements, rules, and regulations for the National Championship.

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Twitter logo  Excited to see your state represented in the National Best Bagger contest? Use the hashtags, #BestBagger and #NGAShow20, to share with the world why your state's contestant deserves the crown. We hope to see you in San Diego!

Interested in Hosting a Best Bagger Competition?

Please contact the NGA Best Bagger Coordinator at or call 703.516.0700.