October 6, 2015
The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association’s annual grocery-bagging contest at the University Mall in South Burlington on Oct. 17 will be judged by 2016 gubernatorial candidates.
Competitors from several supermarkets around the state will show off their grocery-bagging skills and compete to be crowned as Vermont’s Bagging Champion and the chance to represent the State in Las Vegas, Nevada at the national competition in February. “This event is exciting for everyone involved, said Erin Sigrist VRGA Vice President. “And it’s an engaging way to bring awareness to the customer service side of the retail and grocery sectors, which employs more people than any other sector in Vermont outside of health care.”
The five candidates vying for the state’s top office, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, House Speaker Shap Smith, Sue Minter, Bruce Lisman, and Matt Dunne will serve as official judges of the competition, which will take place at 1 pm at center court at University Mall. Candidates will judge competitors on their speed, the distribution of weight between bags, their bag building technique, and their style, attitude, and appearance.
The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association is thrilled to announce that this year’s competition will be held for the first time in a public forum. WCAX political reporter, Kyle Midura, will emcee the event, and gubernatorial candidates will meet and greet guests, shoppers, and media.
The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association represents approximately 800 retail stores and 250 suppliers to the industry, including members of the Vermont Specialty Food Association. Current members include clothing stores, sports stores, supermarkets, food co-ops, beverage stores, convenience stores, and general and country stores, as well as many other merchants. Associate members include manufacturers, wholesalers, brokers, and service providers.
Vermont Retail & Grocers Association