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APRIL 8, 2024 ... Please Join Us


Our three grade schools and high school will be planning educational forums to promote safe, independent viewing of this incredible phenomenon . Please contact the following representatives at each school for details:


Chester High School

Missy Meyer

1940 Swanwick St.



Chester Grade School

Tim Lochhead

650 Opdyke St.



St. John Lutheran Grade School

Kaela Powley

224 W. Holmes St.


St. Mary Catholic Grade School

Janelle Robinson

835 Swanwick St.


Our Chester Public Library will be hosting several events.


for more information


Chester Public Library

Tammy Grah

733 State St.



Magic of the Eclipse

Chester Public Library

Saturday, Aug. 19th

11 AM

Abra-Kid-Abra has been performing and teaching magic and variety arts since 2005.  Our goal is bringing out the star in kids.  We help kids develop presentation skills and confidence. St. Louis magician, Jeff Lefton founded Abra-Kid-Abra with Josh Routh.  Jeff”s background was in magic, and Josh’s, in circus.  Jeff was shy as a kid, and was bullied.  Magic improved his confidence and helped him come out of his shell.  Jeff went on to perform at Hollywood’s Magic Castle, in Las Vegas, and on a national tour for General Motors.  He founded Abra-Kid-Abra to help kids gain the same benefits from magic as he did.

Many viewing and educational opportunities will be posted here as they are planned for 2024.

Please visit this page often for the most updated information, and be sure to share our site

with your friends and relatives. 

James DeCamp, Amateur Astronomer, will be joining us for the big event on Monday! 

He will be bringing eclipse shades and 7x50 eclipse safe binoculars to share, and will photograph the main event using a Celestron 8" Schmidt Cassegrain telescope on an equatorial mount. He plans to be able to offer views of the eclipse on his Ipad connected to the camera.

He has an interesting incentive to come to Chester:  His grandmother grew up here and her grandfather was Charles Brigg Cole, an early town leader and the inspiration for Elzie Segar's character, Cole Oyl.
Sunday August 20, 2017  *  5PM to 9PM
Chester’s First Baptist Church, Chester, IL
719 State St. (Beside the Chester Public Library)
Everything Absolutely Free

Inflatables * Water Slides * Car Show * Live Music * Food & Drinks    

Family Friendly Atmosphere * Safe & Secure Location * Clean Public Restrooms

Featured Acts: 
(Bring a blanket or lawn chair)

Hearts of Zion
 (Stage One: 5 PM to 6:15 PM)

Bill Forness & One More Round, a Tribute to Johnny Cash 
(Stage Two: 6:30 PM to 9 PM)
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