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Community picnic celebrates County’s 225th anniversary

Prince Edward County will mark the 225th anniversary of its founding on July 16 with a community picnic at the Crystal Palace in Picton.

“The County has always been a special place – home to Indigenous peoples, visited by Samuel de Champlain, refuge for Loyalist settlers fleeing the American Revolution, and centre of a bustling agricultural and maritime community,” said Mayor Robert Quaiff. “The 225th anniversary offers us an exciting opportunity to reflect on our remarkable past and celebrate what the future holds for our rich and vibrant community.”

The Canada 150 and Prince Edward County 225 Celebration Ad-Hoc Committee invites community members to bring a picnic lunch to the grounds of the Crystal Palace (375 Picton Main St.) beginning at 1 pm. There will be live music until 2 pm, followed by the unveiling of a special barn quilt designed to commemorate the 225th anniversary.

The committee will also launch the “225 Reasons Why We Love the County” legacy photo project. A large group photo will be staged at 2:10 pm to kick off the project. Cupcakes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at 2:30 pm.

Following the picnic, the community is invited to continue to celebrate its anniversary in a number of different ways. The ad-hoc committee suggests:
 Hosting a “Come Home to The County” reunion or event
 Planting a legacy tree or shrub
 Visiting museums in The County and attending local events
 Creating a time capsule
 Submitting a photo for the legacy project
 Using #PEC225 on social media to share events and reasons why you love The County
For more information, contact Wendy Lane, Staff Resource, at 613.476.2148 ext. 2503 or


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