The Home of Popeye the Sailor Man! Click here to learn why Chester, Illinois is the Home of Popeye. Download the Popeye & Friends Character Trail Brochure. This page is a work in progress. As you can see from the downloaded brochure, a new statue will be erected every year. The “Popeye & Friends Character Trail” is a trail in progress consisting of granite statues of Popeye characters placed in various areas throughout Chester. Popeye the Sailor Man has been overlooking the Mississippi River in Segar Park for more than 30 years. This trail will be an adventure for those seeking out all the characters from “Popeye the Sailorman” films. Below is a picture of the characters and a map where all the characters will be placed. Also the weekend after Labor Day is the annual Popeye Picnic. In the Fall of 2006 “Wimpy” was erected at the Chester Gazebo Square with overwhelming donations which are engraved on the base of the statue. Donations started pouring in for the next statue “Olive Oyle, Swee’ Pea and Jeep” and was unveiled during the Popeye Picnic festivities in 2007 and stands downtown near the Randolph County Courthouse – once again with donations engraved on the base.
During the 29th Annual Popeye Picnic festivities Bluto (a.k.a Brutus) was erected at the corner of Swanwick Street and W. Holmes Street near the Buena Vista Bank parking lot area.
For the 30th Annual Popeye Picnic FestivalCastor Oyl and Whiffle Hen were erected at Chester Memorial Hospital after the parade.
Sea Hag & Bernard the Vulture stand near Wal-Mart and McDonalds. In 2011 Cole Oyl, Olive Oyl’s Father, was set to rest in front of the Chester Public Library. In 2012 Alice the Goon greets citizens as they drive into Chester Center, located on Lehmen Drive (Route 3 North). Another statue was erected at Cohen Recreational Complex during the Popeye Picnic weekend festivities in September 2013. Meet Poopdeck Pappy!!
In September of 2014 during the 35th Annual Popeye Picnic Festivities themed “Get An Edjamication” Professor Watasnozzle stands tall on the front lawn of the Chester High School located at 1901 Swanwick Street.
This year’s statue will be Rough House and will be erected in front of Reid’s Harvest House Restaurant .