The Idaho Potato Commission awarded each of the top six winners of its 2017 retail display contest with prizes, including cruise vacations for first-place winners.

Each in-store display was required to incorporate marked fresh Idaho potatoes, an Idaho dehydrated potato product and Hormel Real Bacon Bits, including Potato Lover’s Month logo displays signs and an inflatable Mylar Spuddy Buddy balloons.

Retailers had to showcase the display in their store’s produce section for at least one week between Jan. 16 and March 17, according to a news release.

Nearly 5,000 retailers took part in the nine-week competition from mid-January to mid-March.

First-place winners are:

William Roller, Community Market, Greenfield, Ohio, 1-5 registers;

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Julie Bolton, Kroger store, Elkhart, Ind., 6-9 registers

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David Scarlett, KVAT Food Store, Knoxville, Tenn., 10-plus registers

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