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Scenes from the 2019 Popeye Picnic and parade

  • The Chester High School Marching Yellow Jackets.

    The Chester High School Marching Yellow Jackets.
    Jim Beers photo

  • The Marine Corps' annual Toys for Tots program float.

    The Marine Corps' annual Toys for Tots program float.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • Chester Boy Scouts march in the parade.

    Chester Boy Scouts march in the parade.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • Dan Giesen, sponsor of the Chester Popeye Car Cruise, with Jim Green behind the wheel.

    Dan Giesen, sponsor of the Chester Popeye Car Cruise, with Jim Green behind the wheel.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • The St. Louis-based Banana Bike Brigade joined the parade, including this whimsical creation.

    The St. Louis-based Banana Bike Brigade joined the parade, including this whimsical creation.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • The Marching Junior Jackets from Chester Middle School.

    The Marching Junior Jackets from Chester Middle School.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • The Buena Vista Bank float pays tribute to the 100th year of "Thimble Theater," the first Elzie Segar strip to feature the Popeye characters.

    The Buena Vista Bank float pays tribute to the 100th year of "Thimble Theater," the first Elzie Segar strip to feature the Popeye characters.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • Chester's Citizen of the Year Bob Decker, at left.

    Chester's Citizen of the Year Bob Decker, at left.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • The Marching Meteors from Marissa participate in the parade.

    The Marching Meteors from Marissa participate in the parade.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • Chester High School Band Director Steve Colonel walks alongside his band as they play songs from their 2019 field show, "The Music of Queen."

    Chester High School Band Director Steve Colonel walks alongside his band as they play songs from their 2019 field show, "The Music of Queen."
    Jim Beers photo

  • Bob Platt, Popeye race director, gives last-minute instructions to 239 antsy runners and walkers just before the race.

    Bob Platt, Popeye race director, gives last-minute instructions to 239 antsy runners and walkers just before the race.
    Jim Beers photo

  • A local Scout troop in the Popeye Picnic Parade.

    A local Scout troop in the Popeye Picnic Parade.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • Spiderman from Grace Bible Church waves to the crowd.

    Spiderman from Grace Bible Church waves to the crowd.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • A little girl enjoys a train ride Friday night.

    A little girl enjoys a train ride Friday night.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • The littlest Popeye Picnic parade attendee, 1½-week-old Charlotte Petrowske, with her mom, Kristen.

    The littlest Popeye Picnic parade attendee, 1½-week-old Charlotte Petrowske, with her mom, Kristen.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • Walmart's Dawn Frazer waves to the parade crowd.

    Walmart's Dawn Frazer waves to the parade crowd.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • Trico High School marching band in the parade.

    Trico High School marching band in the parade.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • Kaskaskia VFW Post 3553 color guard.

    Kaskaskia VFW Post 3553 color guard.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • Mayor Tom Page and Chester's first lady, Lisa Page, enjoy traveling in the parade.

    Mayor Tom Page and Chester's first lady, Lisa Page, enjoy traveling in the parade.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • The lights of the carnival midway.

    The lights of the carnival midway.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

  • Crystal and the Boneshakers performs Friday night at the Chester Moose Lodge.

    Crystal and the Boneshakers performs Friday night at the Chester Moose Lodge.
    Judy Shields photo/Shots by Shields

 
updated: 9/11/2019 10:03 AM