Sturgeon County is turning 100 in 2018 with style.
Their history goes well beyond 1918, though.
District Number 230 was formed on March 5, 1898, composed of areas of Gibbons, Amelia, Bon Accord, Coronado, Fedorah and Waugh. Later on, the Municipal District of Sturgeon was formed on January 1, 1918 which was renamed the County of Sturgeon in 1961. It was subsequently disorganized then re-established as a county again in 1997.
With a century of history, Sturgeon County has had its fair share of firsts.
It's home to Alberta's first school, established in what is now near the hamlet of Lamoureux. Bill Cust grew the first wheat for re-sale purposes and the county is also home to the first grist or flour mill, brought over from France.
The modern hamlet of Cardiff was once home to one of the largest coal mining operations in the nation until it was shut down for good in 1942.
Much of the area was settled by Catholic priests who brought early settlers from Quebec, Germany and Ukraine. Many of the family names and municipalities in Sturgeon County still reflect the early years of the region.
"We are progressing from primarily agriculture to a more diverse area, comprised of agriculture, industry, business and residential," said Jackie Fowler, communications coordinator for Sturgeon County.
To celebrate such a rich history, there's plenty of things being planned throughout the county.
Among the events is a special version of their annual cookout, a school contest inviting kids to draw what they imagine life was like 100 years ago or what the county will be like in the future, as well as a special calendar and more.
"I imagine, even back in 1918, council was trying to do their very best for the residents of the area, just like we continue to do today," said Fowler. "Providing good service, finding solutions and providing good value for their tax dollars."
Special social media posts on their YouTube and Twitter will be going up throughout the centennial year.

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