Fireworks warm up Centennial celebrations

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Published on May 24, 2014

100 years as a community holds stories of many colourful characters. On burst during Kensington's celebratory fireworks display seemed to reflect that idea, to the delight of hundreds who watch from various vantage points.

Published on May 24, 2014

A rotating firework, during the 100th anniversary celebrations of Kensington, demonstrated why organizers restricted viewers from the surrounding field.

Published on May 24, 2014

This triple-burst combination of fireworks was produced over the east end of Kensington, Friday night, at the start of a weekend of centennial celebrations for the town.

Published on May 24, 2014

Cars were lined up two and three deep in the field across from the firework launch site along Woodleigh Drive in Kensington, Friday night, as viewers kept warm while enjoying the night sights.

Published on May 24, 2014

Large or small, fireworks delight according to some who voiced approval of the night light show put on Friday evening to start the weekend of centennial celebration in Kensington.

Published on May 24, 2014

Some of Kensington's fireworks were more noise than spectacle, but even some of those had spirits of their own.

Published on May 24, 2014

With the weekend forcast looking as cool as it was Friday night, for the fireworks show launching Kensington's centennial celebration, this burst might have encouraged some to recall palm trees enjoyed during winter vacations.

Kickoff to Celebration Weekend in Kensington

KENSINGTON - Fireworks took the edge off cool, damp conditions, Friday evening, as a warm up to the Celebration Weekend for the town's 100th anniversary.

Cars were lined up two and three deep in a field along Woodleigh Drive, where it blends into the Irishtown Road leaving Kensington, as fireworks observers hoped to get a good view without suffering the cool temperatures and spurts of drizzle. More  vehicles parked in the school parking lot overlooking the site, so observers could get a higher vantage point.

The launch of the display was located just north of Route 101 as it exits the populated area of the town.

The approximately 20-minute display was the first of a weekend of events.

On Saturday, at 2 p.m., an Old Time Parade of the decades will leave Queen Elizabeth Elementary School parking area, proceed along Victoria St. East to the traffic lights and turn east onto Route 2, then turn onto Barrett Street to end up at the Community Gardens Complex parking area.

At 3 p.m., officials will announce the winner of a Kensington video contest and unveil commemorative murals at the Community Gardens Complex.

At 6 p.m.. comedian Patrick Ledwell will entertain a sold-out crowd at the Taste of the Island buffet, while local chefs prepare the fantastic flavours that come from 100 years as an agricultural hub community.

On Sunday, May 25, Go!PEI will sponsor a Community Walk, which will start at the train station at 10 a.m. From 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., children can enjoy an Old Fashioned Carnival at the Community Gardens Complex, with lots of rides, face painting, balloon twisting, popcorn and cotton candy, as well as games. It's free to enter the carnival area, and rides are only a nicklel.

The weekend concludes with a Gospel Concet at the Community Gardens Complex at 7 p.m. Performers include Kelley Mooney, Dino Dunsford, Among Friends and Step by Step. Ticket to the concert are $10 with donation to the Lion's Club Food Bank.


Organizations: Community Gardens Complex, Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, Community Walk

Geographic location: Kensington, Victoria St. East, Barrett Street

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