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1.     What sizes, colors, or quantity of Shearer's bags may I use to make my invention?
You may use a variety of sizes or colors or quantities of bags to make your invention. These may include the Shearer's branded items (Shearer's, Tangos, Shapers, or Riceworks bags).

2.     Does the invention have to consist of Shearer's bags alone?
No, the bags may be used with another product or products, but the Shearer's bags should be a primary component of the invention.

3.     Is this Shearer Perfection Student Contest open only to science classes or science projects?
No, this competition is open to any discipline.

4.     How do I get started?
Here are some categories to get you thinking about inventions: Apparel, Automotive, Construction, Cosmetics, Crafts, Creative Packaging, Education, Entertainment, Furniture, Games, Health, Household, Lawn/Garden, Media/Software, Medical, Music, Quality of Life Improvement, Safety, Sports, Textiles, Toys

5.     May I receive help and input from my friends, family and teachers?
No great inventor works alone. While the main concept and the bulk of the work associated with dreaming up and putting together your invention should be your own, we understand that bouncing ideas off parents, friends and teachers is normal and often necessary. We just ask that you let us know who worked with you throughout the process and that you make sure to let your own ideas shine through.

6.     History of Shearer's Foods, Inc.
Shearer's humble beginnings start at the corner of 9th and Dartmouth in Canton, OH where the family grocery store was once a meat market in the early days of the 20th Century. Jack and Rosemary Shearer, along with sons Bob and Tom, purchased a small potato chip distributorship to complement their local grocery store in 1974. For five years, the Shearers distributed potato chips before deciding to manufacture their own line of products. In 1979, they began manufacturing hand cooked potato chips from a kettle out of a small facility. The chips, originally sold under the "Kettle Cook'd" label, were packaged in one-pound poly bags with a twist tie. In 1982 the company purchased a 20,000 square-foot facility in Brewster, OH. Within a decade, Shearer's had established itself as a well-known regional potato chip company. Then they added four production lines and started producing tortilla and multi-grain chips. Shearer's is now the largest manufacturer of kettle chips in the world and produces on 70 production lines across six facilities.

7.     Information on the history of potato chips (from Wikipedia)
According to a traditional story, the original potato chip recipe was created in Saratoga Springs, New York on August 24, 1853. Agitated by a patron repeatedly sending his fried potatoes back because they were too thick, soggy and bland, resort hotel chef, George Crum, decided to slice the potatoes as thin as possible, frying them until crisp and seasoning them with extra salt. Contrary to Crum's expectation, the patron (sometimes identified as Cornelius Vanderbilt) loved the new chips and they soon became a regular item on the lodge's menu under the name "Saratoga Chips".

8.     Are some people allergic to potato chips?
In rare instances, people are allergic to some of the ingredients in the potato chips. If in doubt, please consult your physician. Use of the Shearer's Potato Chip bags does not depend upon personal consumption.

9.     What are the bags made of?
(In Progress - Please check back!)

10.     Will I get my invention back?
Students retain ownership and rights to the design of their Shearer's Potato Chip bag invention. All devices of the semi-finalists and finalists will be returned within 18 months.

11.     What will happen if I am picked as a finalist but am unable to travel to Massillon, Ohio?
By signing the Entry Form, you indicate your willingness and availability for the Awards weekend. If there is a family crisis or personal conflict, the Contest sponsors will handle travel conflicts on a case-by-case basis. An alternate semi-finalist may need to be chosen.

12.     Where can I find more information about Shearer's Foods, Inc. and their Potato Chip bags?
To find more information about Shearer's Foods, Inc. and potato chips in general, you can visit the following websites:,,,


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