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  • Grand Feature Parade - Saturday, October 12, 2019


    52nd Annual Autumn Glory Parade Sponsor

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    GloryFest4.jpgThe Grand Feature Parade, sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, will be held Saturday, October 12, 2019. 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 12, 2019, 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 52nd Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019. 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

    The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for the 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, at 1 pm on Saturday, October 12, 2019 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 6, 2019.

    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 Garrett Regional Medical Center. Please see below for the float application and the band applications.

    2019 Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade Band Application

    2019 Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade Float Application 


  • 2019 Autumn Glory Festival Grand Marshal
     

    The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, Autumn Glory Festival presenter, is proud to announce meteorologist Justin Berk as the Grand Marshal of Garrett County’s 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival Grand Feature Parade, sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine. The parade will be held on Saturday, October 12, beginning at 1 pm in Oakland. The Grand Marshal is sponsored by the Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) and the Town of Oakland, and Patriot Automotive Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram: King of the 4WD is the title sponsor of the 52nd annual Autumn Glory Festival.

     

    An award-winning meteorologist, Justin forecasted weather on television stations on the east coast for 20 years including 14 years in Baltimore at WMAR and WBAL.  Justin's passion for weather and his use of trademarked Snowstix to measure snowfall has made him popular on social media with a quarter of a million followers on Facebook, 20,000 followers on Instagram and 44,000 followers on Twitter. 

     

    Justin now focuses on forecasting online, consulting, community outreach and fundraising efforts including his annual Maryland Trek, a 329-mile hiking and biking journey across the state that kicks off in Garrett County in August. The 7-day long trek starts atop Wisp Resort in McHenry on August 4th and ends in Ocean City on August 10, 2019. Now in its sixth year, the event has raised over $180,000 for programs benefiting children with cancer and their families. The public is welcome to help Justin kick off his trek at 7:30 am on Sunday, August 4th at the top of Odin's Chute at Wisp Resort.  Click here for more information about Justin and the Maryland Trek. 

  • 52nd Annual Grand Marshal Sponsors:
     

                    


  • 2019 Turkey Trail

    52nd Annual Turkey Trail Sponsor: 

    Celebrate the Autumn Glory Festival with a taste of local tradition. More than a decade before the Autumn Glory Festival became an annual event, a group of turkey growers organized and promoted community turkey dinners. “The turkey dinners were an on again-off again event until the Lions Club became involved in the 1960s,” said local historian John Grant. However, the idea of a large festival to attract visitors to the area remained popular and led to the start of the Autumn Glory Festival. Today, more than 50 years later, turkey dinners are still a favorite tradition of the festival celebration.

    The Turkey Trail is an easy-to-use tool for visitors and residents to locate our county-wide dinners served at restaurants, churches, grocery stores and other organizations. The Turkey Trail flyer contains a map, contact information, hours of operation, cost and the delicious items that are included with each dinner. Turkey dinners around the area offer a variation of turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, vegetable, rolls and dessert. (Check flyer for specific offerings at each location). The Turkey Trail flyer is available at the Garrett County Visitors Center as well as a downloadable PDF online at www.garrettheritage.com. There, you will also find an interactive map that will help with directions to each of the locations.

    Visit www.garrettheritage.com for more information.


  • 52nd 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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  • Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner - Wednesday, October 9, 2019

    Kick-Off Reception & Dinner Sponsor: 

    The Annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 9. 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.



  • 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Royalty Court Sponsors:

    Rob Michael,CLU
    State Farm Insurance 
    45 years and still going!

     

  • 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival King & Queen Announced

    The 2019 Autumn Glory Royalty Court has been selected for the 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival. This year’s King is Sam Kennedy and the Queen is Cheyenne Reckart. Patriot Automotive CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM: King of the 4WD, is the title sponsor of the 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival.

    Sam Kennedy is a member of the Southern Garrett High varsity baseball team and participates in cross country. He is involved with Model UN and 4-H, has competed as a mathlete, and volunteers with the Blind Skier program. Sam is a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and his hobbies include hunting and boating. 

    Cheyenne Reckart is plays softball for Southern Garrett High and participates in Mock Trial and Model UN. She is a member of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1629 and FIRST Tech Challenge Team 14971 and she attends Brenda’s Body Shop. Cheyenne is engaged with the National Honor Society, acts as a STEM liaison for the Student Council, and volunteers at Crellin Elementary School and United Community Church of God. 

    The Autumn Glory King & Queen will preside over the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner to be held on Wednesday, October 9, and they will be featured in the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 12. 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.

    The 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Royalty Court sponsors are Byco Enterprises, Inc; Potomac Edison; Railey Realty; and Rob Michael, State Farm Insurance Agent.


  • 2019 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.

    To nominate someone for this award, please download and complete the nomination form and mail it in to Sarah Duck, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541 by Friday, September 6th, 2019. The winner will be announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce's annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception on October 9, 2019.

    The 2018 recipient of the Golden Ambassador award was Steve Green (pictured on the left with Nicole Christian, Chamber President & CEO and Patty Manown Mash, Chamber Chair)


  • Autumn Glory Events Map

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