AUGUSTA — A Maine organization is holding a contest for grocery baggers that it says are the unsung heroes in stores across the state.

Participants in the first Maine Bagger contest will be judged on technique, style and speed as they compete to stock bags with grocery store items.

The contest is being held by the Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association at the Maine Food Means Business Summit in September.

Organizers say it recognizes employees that are vital to customer satisfaction but are often underappreciated. The winner gets a trip to Las Vegas to represent the state in a national competition.

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