Vermont Grocery Bagger Bagging for a Championship

Published 02/06 2014 09:40PM

Updated 02/06 2014 11:04PM

Colchester, VT -- Next time you're checking out at Shaw's in Colchester, keep your eye on the bagger. You could be in the presence of greatness.

 "I just get in my bagging zone and I bag as fast as I can." said Vermont's Best Bagger champion Amanda Austin.

In September, Austin sacked the field in the Vermont Grocer's Association Best Bagger Championship, earning the 11-year Shaw's employee a trip to Vegas and the National Best Bagger Championship next week.

"I've been practicing for weeks." Amanda said Thursday. "We set up a table. We've just been practicing when we were slow in the mornings or before I leave we've just been practicing."

Not only is the competition for bagging, bragging rights but $10,000.

 "She is a perfectionist I think is what really motivates her and she just wants to win." said Shaw's customer service manager Stacey Bessette.

Contestants are judged on speed, bag build, weight distribution and presentation.

"A proper way to build your bag is your boxes, like for instance your boxes of cereal, on the sides." explained Austin. "Cans in the center. And glass, no glass on glass. No glass touching glass. Smaller things fit in between. And the crushables of course and the eggs on top."

Before you hide your eggs from Amanda's blazing bagging speed, remember that she is very experienced.

"11 years, never broke an egg." she said.

She'll have her chance to bring home the coveted Stillwell Trophy on Febrary 11th. 

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