City of Chester


Annual Popeye Festival

1st weekend after Labor Day

Chester, IL 62233

618-826-5114 •

Chester, Illinois, home of Popeye the Sailor Man. 

Popeye the Sailor Man, a six foot tall 900 pound bronze statue, has been overlooking the Mississippi River in Segar Park, next to the Chester Bridge, since the summer of 1977.   And for more than 30 years the City of Chester has hosted the Annual Popeye Picnic which is always held the first weekend after Labor Day.

Thousands of people come from all over to enjoy a weekend full of activities including a carnival with rides, games, good food, local talent and a huge parade honoring our most beloved Sailor Man.

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