The 25th annual Popeye Picnic in Chester, Illinois came to
an end with a bang Sunday night. The three day celebration in Popeye's
hometown ended with a huge fireworks display just after 9pm. Thousands and
thousands of people came to Chester for not only the 25th annual picnic,
but to celebrate the 75th birthday of the hometown sailor, Popeye.
The weather over the three-day event was ideal with temperatures in the 80s and clear skies all three days. The perfect weather allowed folks to get outside and enjoy a number of new activities that were held all around town.
The 26th annual Popeye's Picnic will be held September 9, 10, and 11, 2005. So mark your calendars now.