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2017 Washington Best Bagger Competition

Coca-Cola Stage

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Time: 2 - 4 PM

VIP Reception: 4-5 PM

Purchase Fair Tickets

Watch the best grocery baggers in the state come to compete for $2,000 and bragging rights! They will be judged on speed, proper bag building technique, weight distribution, and style. Be a part of the excitement and cheer for the baggers as they compete for a trip to Las Vegas to compete for the $10,000 Annual National Best Bagger Battle.


  • One contestant per company. While not necessary to compete, you are encouraged to hold your own company-wide contest to assure that you are sending your best bagger to the state championships. Detailed instructions are available. 
  • Previous 1st place winners of the National Best Bagger Contest and any contestant that has placed in the top 2 in the statewide contest in any two previous years are not eligible to compete again. 
  • Contestants must spend more that 25% of their working hours bagging groceries as a regularly assigned duty. 
  • People of all ages are encouraged to compete.

Contests will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • Speed 
  • Proper bag building technique 
  • Distribution of weight between bags 
  • Style, attitude, and appearance

All baggers get free tickets to the Washington State Fair. Please contact Leah Maxwell at 360-753-5177 ext. 103 with any questions.


Prizes 1st Place Winner: $2,000 cash, a trophy and an all expense paid trip for two to Las Vegas for the NGA National Contest. Trip includes: round trip airfare for two, a 3 day/2 night hotel stay, no registration fee for the NGA contest and meal compensation. 

1st Runner-up: $1,500 cash and trophy. 

3rd Place: $1,000 cash and trophy. $200 for each participating contestant– one per company.

Thank you to our sponsors ...

As a special thank you to our sponsors, join us in the Fairview Club at the Washington State Fair right after Best Bagger from 4-5 PM for our VIP Reception.

2016 Washington Best Bagger Champion

2015 Washington Best Bagger and National Champion


Candice Lastimado from Seattle's Metropolitan Markets

Candice Lastimado of Metropolitan Markets won both the Washington and National Best Bagger championships. Candice captured the championship trophy and a check for $10,000 in heated competition at the 30th Annual National Best Bagger Battle held tonight in Las Vegas, NV.

Washington Food Industry Association

P.O. Box 706

1015 10th Ave SE

Olympia, WA 98507

Tel: 360-753-5177

Email: info@wa-food-ind.com

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