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  • List Your Autumn Glory Event In the Official 51st Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure

    Do you host an Autumn Glory event? Promote it in the official 51st Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure.

    This year’s Autumn Glory Festival is October 10 - 14, 2018. 25,000 brochures are printed and are available at the Visitors Center in McHenry, at the Youghiogheny Overlook Welcome Center along Interstate 68, at Chamber member businesses, at Chamber attended travel shows, distribution centers, via visitor request and more. The cost to advertise is $60 per 250 character text entry, per day, $75 per 250 character colored text entry, per day and $100 per photo and 250 character colored text entry, per day.

    If you are interested in having your event listed in the Autumn Glory brochure, please complete the Autumn Glory Festival Brochure Listing Form and send your completed form back to Sarah Duck at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce via email at sarah@garrettchamber.com. Or you can mail it with payment to, or drop it off with payment at, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541 by no later than Friday, May 18, 2018.

  • Grand Feature Parade - Saturday, October 13, 2018


    GloryFest4.jpgThe Grand Feature Parade will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018. 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 13, 2018, 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 51st Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018. 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.

  • Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    The Annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception will be held on Wednesday, October 10. 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.  More Information to follow.

  • 2018 Autumn Glory Royalty

    Applications for the 2018 Autumn Glory King & Queen are currently available at Northern and Southern High Schools.

    Students may pick up an Autumn Glory application in the Main Office of both schools. Along with the application and the application fee of $25, students are required to submit a 300 word essay detailing why he or she should be selected as the 51st annual Autumn Glory Festival King or Queen.

    If selected, the Autumn Glory King & Queen must be able to attend the following events: Grantsville Days Parade on June 22, 2018, Accident Homecoming 4th of July Parade on July 4, 2018, Friendsville Days Parade on August 11, 2018, the Buckwheat Festival Parade on September 29, 2018, Kick-Off Dinner on October 10, Fireman's Parade on October 11, Banjo Championship on October 12, Grand Feature Parade on Oct. 13, Fiddle Contest on Oct. 13, Craft Shows on Oct. 14, Sundae Eating Contest on Oct. 14 and various other events as needed.

    Applicants must currently be Garrett County high school juniors who will be entering their senior year in the fall of 2018. One male and one female applicant will be chosen an each will receive an educational contribution. Completed applications must be submitted by April 27, 2018.

    For further information about the Autumn Glory King & Queen, please click Here  or contact Melissa Margraff at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.5237 or melissa@garrettchamber.com.




  • 2018 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 winner will be announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce's annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception on October 10th.

    The 2017 recipient of the Golden Ambassador award was Patty Manown Mash.


  • Autumn Glory Events Map

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