US crowns its top grocery bagger

22:50, Feb 15 2011
Krystal Smith competes on her way to winning the 2011 US Best Bagger National Championship in Las Vegas.
TOP BAGGER: Krystal Smith competes on her way to winning the 2011 US Best Bagger National Championship in Las Vegas. Smith beat 21 competitors by filling three grocery bags in 38 seconds at the Mirage Hotel.

A Vermont woman has been crowned the top grocery bagger in the US.

Twenty-four-year-old Krystal Smith of Burlington won the award and the US$10,000 (NZ$13,299) prize at the 2011 US Best Bagger National Championship in Las Vegas.

Smith beat 21 competitors by filling three grocery bags in 38 seconds at the Mirage Hotel.

The Burlington Free Press says contestants are judged on their ability to bag grocery staples including bread, milk, eggs and canned goods and on their bag-building technique, weight distribution, style, attitude and appearance

Smith has worked for eight years at Hannaford Supermarket.

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