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  • 2017 Festival Dates

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    Wednesday, October 11 - Sunday, October 15, 2017

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    The annual Autumn Glory Festival is a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the local fall foliage. From Wednesday through Sunday, the area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors or outdoors. The Festival includes two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique & craft shows and much more! Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival landed in the international spotlight in 2007, when the popular travel website, MSN.com listed it tops among fall festivals in the world and this year, Good Housekeeping lists our Oakland, MD among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage. And in 2014, Travel & Leisure listed the Autumn Glory Festival and our own Oakland, MD as America's Best Town for Fall Colors. View this Travel Channel video about our annual festival! More information about the 50th annual festival will be added as it is confirmed.

     

    Save the date for a future Autumn Glory Festival!

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  • Grand Feature Parade - Saturday, October 14, 2017

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    GloryFest4.jpgThe Grand Feature Parade will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017. 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. 

    **FYI: for the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 14, 2017, please note that, for liability and safety reasons, spectators from the crowd cannot join the parade as it is in progress. This could cause a disruption to the parade flow and chaos. The State Police absolutely will not allow this and it could impact our ability to have the parade permitted next year. All those participating in the parade must be lined up prior to the start of the parade at 1:00 p.m. Thank you for your understanding.

     

    Grand Feature Parade Road Closings

    Please note: several Oakland roads will be closed before and during the 50th Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017. 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 50th Annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade at 1 pm on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in downtown Oakland. Applications have been mailed out to previous participants. If you're interested in participating, just complete and return your application to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce by Friday, September 8, 2017.

    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.

    2017 Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade Band Application

    2017 Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade Float Application

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  • 50th Annual Official Autumn Glory Photo

     

    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.

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  • 2017 Autumn Glory Royalty

    The 2017 Autumn Glory Royalty Court has been selected for the 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival. This year’s King is Ryan Hebb and the Queen is Alanna Kinney. Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, is the title sponsor of the 50th annual Autumn Glory Festival.

    Ryan is a member of Southern High basketball, cross country, track, and theater. He is involved with Loch Lynn Church and youth group. He works with children on service club basketball teams and is on the honor roll.

    Alanna participates in Northern Lady Huskies Soccer as a captain, and is a member of the NHS newspaper, journalism club and assists with morning announcements. Alanna recently received the President's Volunteer Service Award as well as being an honor roll student.  Her other passions include piano and golf.

    The Autumn Glory King & Queen will preside over the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception to be held on Wednesday, October 11, and they will be featured in the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 14. Besides having the honor of representing their home county during the Autumn Glory Festival and at other events, the Royalty Court will receive a monetary contribution towards future educational attainment endeavors.

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  • Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception - Wednesday, October 11, 2017GloryFest9.jpg

    The Annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception will be held on Wednesday, October 11. Enjoy a cocktail hour followed by a full course dinner. The Golden Ambassador recipient is announced as well as the introduction of the Autumn Glory King & Queen. Learn more about the Kick-Off Dinner & Reception.

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  • Supporting Sponsor: Somerset Trust Company

  • Autumn Glory Events Map

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