Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Kevin, you actually grocery shop?
As Fonzie somewhat sarcastically said to Ritchie in a “Happy Days” episode when he was spotted in a supermarket, “No, little elves drop the bags off at my door.”
Of course I grocery shop.
And boy, am I glad I do at Franklin’s Pick ‘n Save. The Franklin store has an award-winning bagger.
This past Wednesday in Madison, the Great Wisconsin Bag-Off took place at the Wisconsin Grocers Association (WGA) Innovation Expo. A Franklin resident captured 1st place in the competition.
Adam Ferry from Pick ’n Save in Franklin won first place. Erik Malach from Pick ’n Save in Two Rivers finished fourth.
“I was really surprised and shocked,” said Ferry of his first place win. “I was expecting to go have a fun time and meet a lot of people and experience something new. I really wasn’t expecting to win.”
Bagging groceries shouldn’t be all that difficult. (Will that be paper or plastic?)
And yet, how often does this happen to you.
You get one or two really heavy bags and one or two really light ones.
He put the canned vegetables right on top of the bread! Oh no! The eggs!
So it’s easy to mess up.
Adam Ferry didn’t.
As the 1st place winner, Ferry receives $500, a trophy and a trip to Las Vegas to represent Wisconsin in the National Best Bagger Contest during the 2008 National Grocers Association Convention, February 5th - 8th. Ferry plans on taking his fiancée along on the trip. (Hmmmm…..fiancée….. going along……to Vegas. Well, that’s another story).
Ferry is 20 years old and has worked at Pick ’n Save for five years. He attends the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, majoring in Information Systems. Because of his schedule, he now works at the Franklin store one weekend a month and during his winter and summer breaks.
So how do the judges determine the best baggers?
The baggers are judged on speed, proper bag building techniques, number of bags used, uniform bag weight and style, attitude and appearance.
Congratulations Adam Ferry!
The best of luck to you, in more ways than one, in Vegas!