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Add grocery bagging contest to your Iowa State Fair to-do list

Aug 03, 2017

Make plans to cheer on your favorite grocery bagger during the Iowa Best Bagger Competition at the Iowa State Fair. Always a crowd pleaser, the fun, free event delivers laughter and excitement as baggers do their best to build balanced bags, avoid crushing loaves of bread and breaking eggs, and do it faster than the competition.

The annual Iowa Best Bagger Contest, hosted by the Iowa Grocery Industry Association, is set for Friday, August 11, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. 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.

Each year, approximately 200 people gather to view the free event and root for their favorite local grocer. The competition features the best baggers in Iowa, giving them the chance to exhibit their skills against one another.

“Iowa’s Best Bagger Contest is a popular event at the State Fair,” says Iowa Grocery Industry Association President Michelle Hurd. “Most of the contestants take bagging groceries to a whole new level of skill. It’s an amazing thing to watch, and it’s great to see how the crowd gets caught up in the excitement of the competition.”

This year’s event will spotlight 15 contestants in three preliminary heats followed by a championship round of the top six baggers who score the most points in the preliminary heats.

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