Thursday, September 4, 2014

I Yam What I Yam

Popeye & me
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Every September, the town of Chester, Illinois celebrates the world's most famous cartoon sailor man Popeye.  The comic book character turned big screen icon was created by Chester native Elize Segar in 1929.  The hero and his cast of characters were based on residents in the southern Illinois town.

For 35 years now, Chester has celebrated with the Popeye Picnic.  In 2006, organizers introduced The Character Trail.  Each year a new statue is added to the mix.  This doesn't include the original Popeye statue that greets folks as they cross the Mississippi River from Missouri into Illinois.

I have selfies with most of the statues, I'm missing Poopdeck Pappy and Cole Oyl.  There's something about these larger than life figures that I can't get enough of.  This year, the group will unveil Professor Watasnoozle, so the next time I go through town, I'll add him and the two others I'm missing. When it's all said and done, there will be 30 statues around Chester. You can read more by clicking here


Alice the Goon 

Sea Hag (not pictured: Bernard the Vulture)

Castor Oyl (not pictured: Whiffle Hen)
Family pic with Wimpy

Olive Oyl, Sweet Pea, and Jeep

Going toe to toe with Bluto

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