Vermont Woman Crowned Nation's Top Grocery Bagger

In this Feb. 14, 2011 photo released by Hannaford Supermarkets, Krystal Smith competes in the 2011 U.S. Best Bagger National Championship in Las Vegas. Smith, from Burlington, Vt., won the award and the $10,000 prize. Smith beat 21 competitors by filling three grocery bags in 38 seconds at the Mirage Hotel. (AP Photo/Hannaford Supermarkets) NO SALES

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By Kelli Sutterman

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman has been crowned the nation's top grocery bagger.

Twenty-four-year-old Krystal Smith of Burlington won the award and the $10,000 prize at the 2011 U.S. Best Bagger National Championship in Las Vegas.

On Monday, 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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