Popeye Festival

9 Sep

This weekend we went to Chester, Illinois to go to the Popeye Festival. Chester is the home of E.C. Segar, the creator of the Popeye comics. Even though it was rainy and the parade was canceled, we had a lot of fun. We stopped by the Popeye museum, Spinach Can Collectibles. It was interesting to see all the old wooden toys and newspaper clippings of the people that inspired the characters as well as the list of home countries of people from around the world that have come to see the home of Popeye. The little ones were intrigued by the real live Olive Oyls and Popeyes walking around the town. We also drove by the new statue of Olive Oyl (unveiled this year) and visited the Popeye Memorial by the As the Crow Flies Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River. It was fun, and gave us the chance to talk to the kids about community.


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