Chris Glockner won’t be bringing the coveted Golden Grocery Bag trophy back to Wadsworth, but he will return home with plenty of fun memories from the 2010 National Best Bagger Championship.
The 21-year-old University of Akron student and Wadsworth Buehler’s employee won regional and state competitions to become the best grocery bagger in Ohio, but didn’t make it to the finals in the national contest Thursday at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.
First-place honors — and the $10,000 top prize — went to 19-year-old Kyle Perry from Osceola, Ind. The annual competition, sponsored by the National Grocers Association, featured 23 baggers from around the country. Each was evaluated on his or her speed, organizing abilities and professionalism.
Supporters who came to cheer on the contestants brought noisemakers and wore T-shirts featuring their favorite bagger, Glockner said by phone on Friday.
“It was nuts,” he said. “It was like a sporting event.”
Glockner’s parents, Mark and Mary, traveled to the competition with him, along with Buehler’s managers Jim Fox and Mike Plosonka.
They planned to take in the sights of Las Vegas for a day or two before heading back to Ohio, where Glockner hopes to defend his state title and earn his way back to the national bagging contest next year.
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