It's time again to put our very best bagging skills on display!
Beginning Aug. 2, Festival Foods will host bagging contests in five regions of the state to determine the company's best baggers to represent our family- and employee-owned business at the state contest in October in Green Bay.
We always have a lot of fun at the bagging competitions that happen at a handful of our stores across Wisconsin each summer. Participants are scored on speed, distribution of weight between bags, “proper bag building technique” as well as style, attitude and appearance.
Contest dates, times, contest locations and those stores that will be represented at each:
- Somers from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, with associates from our stores in Somers, Mount Pleasant, Kenosha, Sheboygan and Paddock Lake.
- De Pere from 9-11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, with associates from each of our three stores in the city of Green Bay as well as those in De Pere, Suamico, Manitowoc. We'll host a live Facebook broadcast from this contest so be sure to tune in!
- Neenah from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 7, with associates from Darboy, Appleton-Northland, Neenah, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and Menasha.
- Madison from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, with associates from Madison, Baraboo, Portage, Fort Atkinson and Janesville.
- Onalaska from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, with associates from Onalaska, Eau Claire, Copeland, Village, Holmen and Marshfield.
Each of those contests generate one winner who will move on Great Wisconsin Bag-Off contest in October in Green Bay. Last year, those winners were:
Andrew Jarrett from the La Crosse-Village store (left)
Rachel Richter from our Madison store (right)
Regan Earny from our De Pere store (middle)
Cade Lambrecht from our Darboy location (right)
Cade won the state contest in October that was organized by Wisconsin Grocers Association as part of the group's conference in Milwaukee. He went on to compete in the annual national “Best Bagger” Contest in Las Vegas in February.
In addition to the Top Four baggers, we also started a Team Spirit award last year. That traveling trophy goes to one store per market -- the store with the best cheering section, best sportsmanship and best overall performance. Team Spirit trophies are currently at the following stores:
- De Pere