Kent 125

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


EDITORIAL: Honouring Kent’s history

Former editor Grace Kennedy reflects on the special edition for the 125th anniversary


LETTER: Agassiz once a sleepy village at the end of the road

In his letter, Richard Probert shares his memories of Agassiz as it was in the ’50s and ’60s

  • Jan 16, 2020


MAP: Walk down memory lane in Agassiz’s downtown

Resident Harvey Andrew shares his memory map of Pioneer Avenue from the 1960s

CELEBRATING 125: Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge sign of progress, monument to disappointment

The construction of the bridge in 1956 brought new ideas to Agassiz, but didn’t meet all expectations

  • Jan 13, 2020

LETTER: Agassiz has undergone astounding changes

A response to Mayor Sylvia Pranger’s message for the the District of Kent 125th anniversary

  • Jan 12, 2020

CELEBRATING 125: Message from the mayor

Kent mayor Sylvia Pranger invites the community to celebrate 125 years of incorporation

  • Jan 11, 2020

CELEBRATING 125: The last community natural disaster in living memory

The 1948 flood is still referred to by many as ‘The Flood’ and its legacy lives on today

  • Jan 10, 2020

CELEBRATING 125: Schedule of events

Want to know what’s going on throughout the year? Check out this list of events

CELEBRATING 125: The Agassiz Fall Fair a time-honoured tradition

From 1901 to now, the Fall Fair has been an eagerly awaited event each year

CELEBRATING 125: Honouring a history of Agassiz hops

From the first hopyards in 1892 to the resurgence today, hops are an important part of Agassiz history

CELEBRATING 125: The incorporation of Kent

The District of Kent was incorporated in 1895 for one reason: to get things done

LETTER: Agassiz streets are gorgeous — a brief history of Agassiz

Reader Harvey Andrew shares his memories of Agassiz in this letter to the Observer

  • Jan 5, 2020

CELEBRATING 125: Remembering Agassiz’s Chinese heritage

Chinese-Canadians have been an integral part of the community since before Kent was incorporated

HISTORY: 100 years of headlines

Columnist Lindsay Foreman shares the headlines she’s found in local papers over the years

  • Jan 4, 2020

CELEBRATING 125: The reason for Agassiz

Even before the District of Kent, the Agassiz family forged a place for themselves by the river

  • Jan 3, 2020

CELEBRATING 125: Freedom Village showcases Agassiz as place of opportunity

Before Europeans tried their luck in Agassiz, First Nations saw the area as a spot for rediscovery

LETTER: Getting ready for Kent’s 125 anniversary

Chair of the anniversary sub-committee Bev Kennedy shares some information about 202o events

  • Dec 15, 2019

Kent reveals 125th anniversary logo

The District of Kent will be celebrating its 125th anniversary in January 2020

Kent awarded $50K for anniversary celebrations

The $53,000 grant will support the district’s 125th anniversary next year