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  • 2017 Festival Dates


    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.


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  • View Our Official 50th Annual Autumn Glory Brochure

    Get all the details on our Autumn Glory events in our official 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure.  A detailed listing of Autumn Glory Festival events from October 11 - 15, 2017, the brochure also includes a map of downtown Oakland, 2017 Fall Foliage Heritage Driving Tours and more. Or request a hard copy be mailed to you. You can also stop into the Visitors Center in McHenry, located at 15 Visitors Center Drive, from 9 am - 5 pm daily to pick up a copy of the brochure or a box of brochures to distribute at your business. The 50th annual Autumn Glory Festival is sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine.

  • 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

  • 2017 Autumn Glory Festival Grand Marshal

    The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, Autumn Glory Festival presenter, is proud to announce weather personality Jon Burnett of KDKA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, as the Grand Marshal of Garrett County’s 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Grand Feature Parade, sponsored by First United Bank and Trust. The parade will be held on Saturday, October 14, beginning at 1 pm in Oakland. The Grand Marshal is sponsored by the Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) and the Town of Oakland, and Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, is the title sponsor of the 50th annual Autumn Glory Festival.


    Jon joined KDKA-TV in September of 1982 as co-host, along with Liz Miles, of “Evening Magazine.” In 1985, his duties expanded to include co-hosting “Pittsburgh 2 Day” with Patrice King Brown. In 1990, he was nominated for Pittsburgh’s “Man of the Year in Communications”, and has been nominated three times for Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for his work as a weathercaster and feature reporter. In 1984, Jon won a Golden Quill Award, as well as a National PM Magazine Award in the Outstanding Feature category, and in 1996, his hard work in the weather department paid off when he took home an Emmy for Individual Achievement in Weathercasting.


    A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Jon attended the University of Tennessee on a four-year football scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater. Before joining KDKA-TV, he co-hosted “PM Magazine” at WNGE-TV in Nashville, and prior to that was a weathercaster/feature reporter at stations in Louisville, KY and in his hometown.


    Jon lives in O’Hara Township with his wife, Debbie. They have two grown children, Samantha and Eric. He spends his free time working with several organizations like Make-A-Wish, the Boy Scouts of America and the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Reserve (Jon is an Eagle Scout and Honorary Deputy Sheriff). Whatever time he has left is spent touring Pittsburgh highways on his motorcycle.

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  • Hometown Heroes

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    This year the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will be honoring Southern High School students Trent Lohr and Joe McClosky, winners of of Fishing University’s “Make Me A Star High School Team Challenge”.  The High School Team Challenge set on Carters’ Lake in Ellijay, Georgia, was the icing on the cake for the duo after being one of the top two teams across the nation in the social media challenge launched by the Outdoor Channel’s Fishing University TV show last fall.  High School teams from across the country and Canada participated in a 3 month social media fishing challenge to earn college scholarships. The Outdoor Channel’s Fishing University- a 30 year old, very well respected TV show, launched the program on September 1st for high school age students to share their fishing experiences on all types of social media. The two 2-person teams with the most social media ‘posts’ would be invited to appear on the International TV Show and fish for a $10,000 cash scholarship to any college or university in the country as well as a $28,000 four year tuition scholarship to Bethel University in Tennessee.

  • 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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  • 50th Anniversary Commemorative CD

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    To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Autumn Glory Festival there will be a commemorative extended play CD with 4 songs, professionally written and produced, including the "50th Anniversary" song. 

    Copies of the CD will be available on a first come, first serve basis from 9 am – 5 pm from Thursday, October 12 – Sunday, October 15 at the Garrett County Visitors Center located at 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541 and at the Autumn Glory Craft & Gift Sale from 10 am – 6 pm Saturday, October 14 and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday, October 15.

    Artist:    Lynn Beckman
    A Festival Founder (1967) and Honorary Golden Ambassador (1987).

    This musical project is dedicated to the original Festival founders and all those whose efforts since have continued to perpetuate the Autumn Glory Festival and the outstanding beauty of Garrett County’s colorful fall season. 

    Song Titles and Running Length
    2. MY MOUNTAIN HOME (3:18*)
      *Musicians Tracks 1 & 2 – Lead Vocals, Lynn Beckman; Background Vocals, Jeff and Sue Duffield; Harmony, Scott Linton; Recording, Mixing, Mastering Engineer, Robby Meadows; Recorded at Alive Studios, Harrisonburg, VA; Electric Lead Guitars and Harmonica, Tim Beckman; Rhythm Guitar, Rick Beckman; Keyboards and Strings, Denny Franks; Bass, Robby Meadows; Steel Guitar, Mandolin, Acoustic Lead Guitar, George S. Park, Jr.; Drums, Rick Murray; Studio Recording Assistant, Mary Beckman.  Track #’s 3-4 recorded previously.
    All Songs Written By:  Irvin Lynn Beckman
    All Songs Copyrighted and Published By:  Folkstone Music Publishing Co.—BMI  
    All rights reserved. Duplication prohibited.  © (P) Copyright 2017 
    Produced and licensed by Lynn Beckman Music Productions for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.
    Manufactured By: Swift Music of Nashville   --  Made in U.S.A.


  • 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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  • 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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  • Supporting Sponsor: Somerset Trust Company

  • 2017 Golden Ambassador Award

    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. Only Chamber members may nominate fellow Chamber members for this prestigious title. The nomination deadline for the 2017 Golden Ambassador has passed. The winner will be announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce's annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception on October 11th.

    The 2016 recipient of the Golden Ambassador award was Nancy Railey.


  • Autumn Glory Events Map

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