Ohio’s Best Bagger Contest

2020 Ohio’s Best Bagger Competition

That’s right! Ohio’s Best Bagger Competition has gained some national recognition, and Go Live Sports Cast – as our broadcast partner – is bringing this ESPN opportunity to the Ohio Grocers Association and our members. The event will be part of a future broadcast on an ESPN network! Stay tuned for more as we prepare to bring you “The Bagger Bowl!”
Please note: With the Coronavirus pandemic making our lives so difficult and uncertain, the planning for this event is tentative. We will keep you informed as information updates and if the event or programming schedule changes. Click here for the registration form. No more than 4 entries per organization. Use one form for each contestant.

Ohio’s 2019 Bagging Champion!

Wow! What a legendary day in the home of Cy Young and Woody Hayes! Special thanks to Baker’s IGA in Newcomerstown for hosting the 2019 Ohio Best Bagger Competition. Thirty contestants faced off to win the coveted Ceramic Bag award, $1000 and a trip to San Diego to compete for the National Bagging Championship at NGA’s National Convention in February.

When the final hands went up to mark a finished playoff heat, Katie West from Dorothy Lane Market became Ohio’s Best Bagger for 2019!

Special thanks to Baker’s IGA for hosting this event, Velvet Ice Cream for providing delicious sweet treats, C-Fed, Ohio Apples and Joshen Paper & Packaging Company for sponsoring this great industry event! Take a look at photos of gthe August 6th event below and check out some local radio station coverage:

Best Bagger Radio

Ohio Wins 2020 NGA Best Bagger First Runner-up Title! 

Ohio’s Best Bagger winner, Katie West, from Dorothy Lane Market competed at the National Grocers Association Annual Show in the Best Bagger Contest for the National Title in San Diego. Katie competed against baggers from all over the USA and came in second place, holding the title of 1st Runner-up! Katie went home from San Diego with $5,000!

2018 Ohio’s Best Bagger Winner
Ohio’s Best Bagger contest was another big success! Twenty-Five contestants bagged for the title at Buehler’s Fresh Food Market in Wooster, on August 9, 2018 – competing for the state’s Best Bagger title, the ceramic bag award, and $1,000.
The 2017 winner, Ellissa Chambliss from Buehler’s Medina, once again took the win for the 2018 contest, marking the the fourth year in a row for Buehler’s to hold the State Bagging Title! She went on to the National Competition in San Diego (at the NGA Natiinal  Convention and Bagging Contest) to take second place and $5,000!
Special thanks to Buehler’s for hosting this event, Velvet Ice
Cream for providing delicious sweet treats, C-Fed, and Joshen Paper & Packaging Company for sponsoring! Check out the pictures and watch Ellissa compete for the National Best Bagger Title at the NGA Show in February 2019!

Ohio won the 2017 NGA’s Best Bagger Competition in Las Vegas

At the 2017 NGA Show in Las Vegas, Brady Long, of Buehler’s Fresh Foods, defeated 22 other Best Bagger competitors from across the nation. Brady claimed the grand prize of $10,000 and the title of the NGA Best Bagger Champion. NGA has held the nationwide best bagger competition since 1987. The contestants are judged by the speed of bagging, proper bag-building technique, weight distribution in the bag, as well as style, attitude and appearance, and are chosen through statewide competitions over the course of the last year. OGA President, Kristin Mullins, was at the NGA Show and Best Bagger competition to support and later congratulate Brady on his win, “Brady not only represented Buehler’s well, but the entire state of Ohio. It’s been a long time since Ohio has won the national title and we couldn’t be more proud of Brady’s accomplishment.” Brady was on the Today Show Saturday, February 18, 2017.

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