2018 Iowa Best Bagger Contest

Friday, August 10, 2018, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines

On the stage of the Susan Knapp Amphitheater, located on Grand Ave., east of the grandstand and midway just past the Animal Learning Center on the north side of the street.

The Iowa Grocery Industry Association is gearing up for the 31st Annual Iowa Best Bagger Contest to determine who will be named Iowa’s next best bagger.
This Iowa State Fair favorite draws a crowd of 200-300 spectators and will be held Friday, August 10, at the fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Susan Knapp Amphitheater Houses Competition

The competition will begin at 1 p.m. on the stage of the Susan Knapp Amphitheater, located on Grand Ave.,
east of the grandstand and midway just past the Animal Learning Center on the north side of the street.

Contest Highlights

The Iowa Best Bagger competition is formatted to mirror the National Best Bagger Championship. Again this year, Iowa baggers will be judged for individual style and speed, as well as proper bag-building technique and maintaining even distribution of weight between bags. Each contestant will bag identical grocery orders consisting of 30 to 38 commonly purchased items. Contestants will be using all reusable bags. “By following the national guidelines, we believe it helps the Iowa Best Bagger be more competitive at the national contest,” says IGIA President Michelle Hurd.

As done in previous years, this year’s competition will spotlight contestants in a series of preliminary heats followed by a championship round. The four baggers who score the most points in the preliminary heats will then compete against each other in a final championship round to earn cash prizes.

While the judges are tallying the scores, fans can enjoy a real crowd pleaser, the Celebrity Best Bagger Competition. Evaluated strictly on speed and who can have the most fun, the winner of the celebrity contest will earn a traveling trophy to display for one year and $250 for the charity of his or her choice thanks to the generosity of Fareway Stores Inc. When the scores have been tabulated, the top four Iowa baggers will be presented trophies and the following cash prizes: first place receives $500 cash, second place earns $250, while third and fourth place winners receive $150 and $100 respectively.

The Winner Competes at National Competition

The overall Iowa champion also qualifies for the 2019 National Best Bagger Championship and will receive a trip for two to San Diego, including hotel accommodations and the chance to win $10,000.

The 2018 National Best Bagger Championship will be held at the NGA Show on Monday, February 25, 2019 in San Diego. 

Don’t Miss the Fun!

Plan to attend this year’s Iowa Best Bagger event – mark your calendars, come out and cheer on your local grocer this summer as he or she competes for the title of “Iowa’s Best Bagger.” Posters providing details about the event are on their way to all retail members of the IGIA. Please share this poster with all interested employees. It contains information regarding eligibility requirements and registration procedures.

For more information about the 2018 Iowa Best Bagger Contest or for posters when they are available, please contact Peggy Sellner at 800.383.3663 or psellner@iowagrocers.com.

Trevor DeForest, Fareway, Winner of last year's Iowa 2017 Best Bagger title as well as the 2018 National Best Bagger title.

2018 Iowa Best Bagger Contest Entry Form 

2018 Iowa Best Bagger Contest Poster 

2018 Official Training Manual