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  • Grand Feature Parade - Saturday, October 13, 2018

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    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.


  • 51st Annual Autumn Glory Festival King & Queen Announced

    The 2018 Autumn Glory Royalty Court has been selected for the 51st Annual Autumn Glory Festival. This year’s King is Hayden McLaughlin and the Queen is Maria Walch. Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine, is the sponsor of the 51st Annual Autumn Glory Festival.

    Hayden is a member of varsity baseball, basketball, and football at Southern. He is a member of Crossroads church and is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle leader. Hayden helps with youth sports camps and is recognized for making the honor roll. 

    Maria is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, and is an honor roll student. She spends her time volunteering at HART for Animals and is a leader at 4-H camp during the summer. Maria also is enrolled in Brenda’s Body Shop classes and her passions include music and dance.

    The Autumn Glory King & Queen will be present at the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception on Wednesday, October 10, and they will be featured in the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 13. Besides having the honor of representing their home county during the Autumn Glory Festival and at other events, the Royalty Court will receive monetary donations towards their future educational attainments.

    The 51st Annual Autumn Glory Royalty Court sponsors are Byco Enterprises, Inc; Hugh Umbel Companies (Bear Creek Traders, Deep Creek Shop’n Save Fresh, Huey’s Ice Cream, Legacy Home Corp., McHenry Beverage Shoppe and Perkins Restaurant & Bakery); and Potomac Edison.

    The 51st Annual Autumn Glory Festival is October 10 - 14, 2018. Festivities include two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique & craft shows and much more. The Festival is timed to coincide with the peak of Fall foliage in Garrett County and you can take in the breathtaking views of the spectacular foliage by driving the 2018 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours. For more information about the 51st Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please go to www.visitdeepcreek.com/51st-annual-autumn-glory-festival.

    Photo: Queen Maria Walch & King Hayden McLaughlin


  • 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.

     


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