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Festival Foods sends 5 to state bagging contest in Green Bay
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Bagging contest in De Pere

Ready, set, bag! Those groceries. Five of our expert baggers are headed to the state bagging competition, called the Great Wisconsin Bag-Off, on Oct. 18 in Green Bay. 

Each won their regional contest (we hosted five at our stores throughout the state), beating out their Festival Foods colleagues for a chance to compete against the best in Wisconsin. Participants are scored on speed, distribution of weight between bags, “proper bag building technique” as well as style, attitude and appearance.

Hopefully, you know that we really have a lot of fun at the bagging competitions that happen at a handful of our stores across Wisconsin each summer. This was our 11th year of hosting this super fun contest and we had a great time at the regional contest in August at our De Pere store. 

The Festival Foods' baggers who finished at the top of the contest, beating out 73 of their colleagues, and now are headed to the Great Wisconsin Bag-Off (pictured from left to right):

winning baggers

- Erik from Sheboygan 

-Austin from Green Bay-West 

-Cade from Darboy, who -- if you remember -- won the state contest last year and competed in the national competition in Las Vegas

-Brady from Fort Atkinson 

-AJ from Onalaska 

Neenah spirit

In addition to the Top Five baggers, we also named the winners of our Team Spirit awards. 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:

-Holmen 

-Mount Pleasant 

-Green Bay-East 

-Janesville 

-Neenah 

As you can probably guess, we're really excited about the upcoming state contest and can't wait to see our associates shine. Bonus: You can catch it too by watching our live Facebook broadcast on Oct. 18. 

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