first_imgIt’s in the Bag! Essex Junction, Vt. – The winner of the Vermont Grocers’ Association Vermont State Best Bagger is 20-year-old Ethan Abar of Williston who works at the Shaws Market in Williston. He out-bagged eight other contestants from various stores across the state during the annual competition held at the Robert E. Miller Expo Centre at Champlain Valley Exposition. Each contestant had to fill two paper grocery bags with the same items and were judged on time, attitude and weight distribution. Judges for the contest were State Sen. Dick Mazza, Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie and State Sen. Peter Welch. As the grocery bagging champ, Abar will represent Vermont in the national bagging competition to be held in Las Vegas in February. He has worked at Shaws for 3 1/2 years and is a student at Champlain College. “I was nervous, but my experience paid off,” Abar said. The competition was part of a Vermont Grocers’ Association’s annual convention and trade show, held for the first time in Essex Junction at the new Expo North building. The weekend included educational seminars, a trade show with more than 100 exhibitors, a golf tournament and reception at the ECHO Center for Lake Champlain. The convention committee was co-chaired by Paul Lapotosky of Farrell Distributing and Paul Nerney of Shaw’s Supermarket. Steve Clayton of Shelburne Supermarket is Chair of the Vermont Grocers’ Association Board of Directors. Jim Harrison is president of the VGA. For more information about the event, visit is external)last_img

Vermont State Best Grocery Bagger Named

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