Annual Popeye's Picnic


"Always the Weekend AFTER Labor Day"

That's correct. The annual Popeye's Picnic is always held the first weekend following Labor Day. It starts on Friday afternoon with the opening of the food and beverage stands and concludes on Sunday evening.

In between, there is plenty of food, music, dancing, sporting events and other contests - combined with a large parade on Saturday morning. But what does the Official Popeye Fanclub have to offer during these festivities?

Club activities start Friday morning with an auction - with all proceeds benefiting the club. Naturally, all items on the auction block are "Popeye" related. Later Friday, we feature a trivia contest at the Chester Public Library, and even later on the same day, we sponsor a Popeye "Fleischer Film Festival" - where fans can watch "Popeye" classics "under the stars" in Chester Square - also known as the Gazebo Park.

On Saturday, we sponsor, "Segar's Sketchers" drawing event, held at the Chester Public Library. And later that evening, club members and their friends and families are invited to the VFW Hall (RSVP-only) for our annual banquet and "LIVE" radio broadcast. We always have scads of door prizes to give away, and the food is excellent. The big highlight of the evening begins at 8pm(CST) when we go "on the air" with an original radio show - featuring our own troupe of, "Popeye Players." Each year a new ONE HOUR script is written and broadcasted "live" over our very own internet radio station.

Later, our guests are invited back to Spinach Can Colectibles (Popeye Shop and Museum) to conclude the annual auction, on Saturday night.

Sunday morning, we meet at Reid's Harvest House for our annual breakfast served smorgasbord style. This allows folks some time to sit back, relax and mingle a little. After breakfast, we head to the newsest statue on the, "statue trail" and then to Segar Memorial Park for the traditional photo with the Popeye statue. This picture (below) graces the cover of our annual "Picnic Issue" of the club newsmagazine.

So why not make your plans now to join us in September? For lodging information or general questions you can call our shop at (618)826-4567 or you can use one of the following numbers. Come join us, take a trip through the mini Popeye Museum, do some shopping at Spinach Can Collectibles and take-in all of the club related activities. We would love to have you visit us. As we say - "See You In September!!"

"Here is the traditional statue photo from 2006"

"Here is the WIMPY statue photo from 2006 - w/o Base"

"Here is the WIMPY statue - with his Base attached"

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