With shoppers and employees of Ken's IGA in Brooklet cheering her on, Janina Jones of Statesboro filled her shopping cart with $557 of meat and frozen food on Saturday as the winner of the Statesboro Herald's first 60-second Grocery Grab contest.
The Grocery Grab offered readers a chance to pile all the groceries they could into a shopping cart in 60 seconds at Ken's. Entry forms were printed in the newspaper between June 8 and July 10. One form was picked each week during the five weeks of the contest, and the five lucky people selected — Jones, Clarisa Bohler, Carolina Jones, Angie McBride and Johnnie Pearl Tremble — gathered Saturday at Ken's.
After her name was selected, Jones headed straight to the meat department and spent the first 40 seconds piling steaks, ribs, roasts, ground beef and chicken into her cart and then sprinted to frozen food where she used her final 20 seconds getting shrimp and fish.
Six family members came out to Ken's with Jones, including her three children.
"I didn't think I could run that fast anymore," said Jones, who didn't try to hide her enthusiasm when she let out a shriek of joy upon learning she was the winner and another yell when she finished her shopping.
After recently completing a 6,000-square-foot expansion at his store on Highway 80 East, Ken's owner Ken NeSmith said he wasn't sure what to expect from the first-year contest.
"I thought it went really well," he said. "It was fun to see all the shoppers and our employees get into cheering her on."
The four runners-up in the Grab, each received a $25 gift card from Ken's.
For the winner and her family, Jones said she had a simple 60-second shopping plan.
"My strategy was to get all the meat I could," she said.