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
2019 National Championship
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
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
Mall of America, Bloomington, MN
Winner: Samantha Falkowski, Dave’s Marketplace
October 19, 1:00 PM
University Mall, South Burlington, VT
October 2, 4:00 PM
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Iowa State Fairgrounds Susan Knapp Amphitheater
October 17, 2:00 PM
Margarittaville Lake Resort, Osage Beach, MO
August 6, 11:00 AM
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Historic 1625, Tacoma, WA
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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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!