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  • Grand Feature Parade

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    The Grand Feature Parade will be held Saturday, October 15, 2016. Thousands of visitors gather to view regional bands, local professional and amateur floats, dance teams and dignitaries. The parade begins at 1 pm in downtown Oakland on Omar Street and runs down the length of 2nd Street, rounding Alder Street and then ending on 3rd Street near Fox's Pizza Den. Concessions are available on Green Street located across from Naylor's Hardware. A children's tent and baby comfort station will be located at the B&O Station complete with children's crafts, popcorn and face painting. 

     

    Please note: several Oakland roads will be closed before and during the 48th Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016. Second Street will be closed to traffic from Liberty Street to Center Street at 9:30 am. Both Second and Third Streets, from Omar Street to Alder Street, will be closed to all vehicles at 11:00 a.m. Traffic needing to bypass Oakland will be directed to detour along Fourth Street until the parade ends. Center Street will remain open until 12:45 p.m. Memorial Drive also will be closed to through traffic from Fourth to Eighth Street. No one will be able to turn onto Fourth Street from Memorial Drive. Barricades and police officers will prevent access onto Memorial Drive from Fourth to Eighth streets. Emergency vehicles should use Kings Run or Eighth Street to Memorial Drive. 

    Parking along the parade route, which includes parts of Second, Third and Alder streets, is prohibited prior to and during the parade. Business owners or employees should contact Oakland City Hall at 301.334.2691, Oakland Police Department at 301.334.2100 or the Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.4386 in advance to obtain a pass to gain access inside the parade route, this includes the handicapped parking at the Masonic Lodge on First Street. Garrett County Deputies, Maryland State Troopers and State Highway employees will be assisting the Oakland Police Department with traffic control during the Autumn Glory parade. Oakland Police Chief Bill Thomas encourages anyone coming to the festival and parade to come early to find a good parking space and enjoy the food and entertainment.

    Free parking will be available in the town parking lot at the end of Second Street across the railroad tracks. For questions or concerns please free to contact Chief Thomas at Oakland Police Department or Oakland City Hall between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • Grand Feature Parade Applications Now Being Accepted

    The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade at 1 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in downtown Oakland. Applications were mailed out to previous participants last week. If you're interested in participating, just complete and return your application to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce by Friday, September 9, 2016. Participants can be drill teams; police/military; drill teams; majorette/twirling, drum and bugle corps, marching musical units and stationary musical units. Professional, commercial or amateur floats are welcome; we simply ask that all entries are autumn-themed in celebration of our annual Festival. This year's parade is once again sponsored by My Bank! First United Bank & Trust. Please see below for the float application and the band applications.

     

    2016 Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade Band Application

    2016 Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade Float Application


  • Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception

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    The Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception is held the Wednesday of the Autumn Glory Festivities. The night features cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres and a full course dinner including assorted desserts. A presentation follows with an introduction of the Autumn Glory King & Queen, Sponsor recognition presentation, Golden Ambassador presentation and a commemorative photo auction. The evening ends with live music and dancing. The 2016 Kick-Off Dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

    The 2016 Kick-Off Reception & Dinner Sponsor is:

     

     Clear Mountain Bank

     

    The 2016 Kick-Off Reception Entertainment Sponsors are:

     

          

  • Platinum Sponsor:

    PMSI

  • Marching Band Sponsors:

    First Peoples Credit Union

     
    Oakland Nursing & Rehab Center

    Potomac Edison
     
     




     

     

     

     

           

  • 49th Annual Official Autumn Glory Photo

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    The Annual Autumn Glory Festival produces a brochure that includes events during the festival around Garrett County. Each year a photo is chosen that represents Garrett County, Maryland’s natural landscape focusing on an autumn theme featuring fall foliage/colors. This photo is also transformed to a large canvas print that will be auctioned off at the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner. Proceeds will go to the King & Queen for scholarship funds.

    Keep an eye out for the 2016 photo to be released soon!

    Photo Sponsor: 

    M&T Bank


  • 2016 Autumn Glory Royalty

    The 2016 Autumn Glory Royalty Court has been selected for the 49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival. This year's King is Calyb King and this year's queen is Lexi Trickett.

     

    The Autumn Glory King & Queen will be present at the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception on Wednesday, October 12 and they will be featured in the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 15. Besides having the honor of representing their home county during the Autumn Glory Festival and at other events, the Royalty Court will receive scholarship funds.

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  • 2016 Golden Ambassador Award

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    At the Annual Autumn Glory Kick Off Dinner & Reception, the Golden Ambassador is announced. The winner of this award has made major contributions to tourism in Garrett County. The 2014 recipient of the Golden Ambassador was Jim Johnson, pictured on the left, who received his award from 2013 recipient Rosie Versteegen, right.

    The nomination form for the 2015 Golden Ambassador will be available later this summer.



  • Autumn Glory Events Map

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  • Parade Road Closings

    Several Oakland roads will be closed before and during the 48th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Grand Feature parade, which begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10th.

    Second Street will be closed to traffic from Liberty Street to Center Street at 9:30 am.  Both Second and Third Streets, from Omar Street to Alder Street, will be closed to all vehicles at 11:00 a.m.  Traffic needing to bypass Oakland will be directed to detour along Fourth Street until the parade ends.  Center Street will remain open until 12:45 p.m.

    Memorial Drive also will be closed to through traffic from Fourth to Eighth Streets.  No one will be able to turn onto Fourth Street from Memorial Drive.  Barricades and police officers will prevent access onto Memorial Drive from Fourth to Eighth Streets.  Emergency vehicles should use King’s Run or Eighth Street to Memorial Drive.

    Parking along the parade route, which includes parts of Second, Third, and Alder Streets, is prohibited prior to and during the parade.

    Business owners or employees should contact City Hall at 301.334.2691, Oakland Police Department at 301.334.2100, or the Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.4386 in advance to obtain a pass to gain access inside the parade route; this includes the handicapped parking at the Masonic Lodge on First Street.

    Garrett County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, the Maryland State Police, and State Highway employees will be assisting the Oakland Police Department with traffic control during the Autumn Glory Parade.

    Oakland Police Chief Randy Wright encourages anyone coming to the festival and parade to come early to find a good parking space and enjoy the food and entertainment.

    Free parking will be available in the town parking lot at the end of Second Street across the railroad tracks.

    For questions or concerns, please free to contact Chief Wright at the Oakland Police Department or Oakland City Hall between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.