Mead grocer wins Washington Best Bagger Competition

Mead grocer wins Washington Best Bagger Competition

A unique competition hosted in Spokane Valley Thursday. The 2018 Washington Best Bagger Competition brought in the finest baggers in the state. Baggers were judged off of speed, technique, and style.

Three competitors were from the Spokane area. The first place winner was Henry Johnson, from Mead. He, as well as others, had quite the crowd for support – complete with cow bells, loud crowds, and fierce grocery bagging.

“I didn’t put too much pressure on myself. I’m just happy to be here,” said Henry Johnson, first-place winner.

So were his friends.

“These are my guys. We’re all from Mount Spokane High School. We’re seniors and they came out here today right after school. They brought the head, and i love them. They’re great,” Johnson said.

Two other Spokane residents competed in the competition as well.

Competitor Mitchell Billings can tell you, it’s not for the lighthearted.

“I actually made myself bleed practicing for it,” said Mitchell Billings, bagging competitor.

And as fellow Spokane competitor Kayleigh Wardrop will tell you, grocers do what they do because they love it.

“It’s just fun. I get to talk to people and I get to be myself,” Wardrop said.

The winner, Johnson, is a grocer at Yoke’s Fresh Market.

He has the opportunity to go to the national competition in San Diego, the winner there gets $10,000.

All the food they used at the competition was all boxed up and sent to the local food bank.

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