The members of the District of Kent Council share a smile during Monday’s reenactment of the inaugural 1895 meeting. This event marks the kickoff of the year-long 125th anniversary celebration of the district. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Kent’s 125th anniversary celebration postponed due to COVID-19

Celebrations meant to kick off in earnest in May and set to run through December have been postponed

The District of Kent is turning 125 years old, yet there won’t be any celebrations to mark the historic occasion.

The district announced 125th anniversary celebrations will be postponed until the summer of 2021. With COVID-19 social gathering restrictions still in place, Mayor Sylvia Pranger said now is not the appropriate time to be marking the occasion.

“This is an important celebration to have and once things are better, everyone is going to want to celebrate,” she stated Thursday.

The district and the community have been preparing like crazy for the big 125, also known as a quasquicentennial. The district was awarded $53,000 from the federal government, to go towards the celebrations.

A logo design contest was held last year and Kent’s councillors kicked off the year with a re-enactment of an 1895 council meeting complete with historic dress. Walking tours, speaker series and family events were also planned throughout the year, as well as anniversary celebrations infusing the annual Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival.

Read more: Editoral: Honouring Kent’s history

The district confirmed that anyone who has registered and paid for the homecoming event will be fully refunded and the district will be contacting people to administer refunds.

For anyone looking for further information, they can get in touch with the district’s director of community services and projects Jennifer Thornton at 604-796-2235 or

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