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    52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival

    more information to be added as the 2019 festival approaches

    52nd Annual Title Sponsor:

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    Wednesday, October 9 - Sunday, October 13, 2019
    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 51st annual festival will be added as it is confirmed.



    List Your Autumn Glory Event In the Official 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure

    Do you host an Autumn Glory event? Promote it in the official 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure.

    This year’s Autumn Glory Festival is October 9 - 13, 2019. 25,000 brochures are printed and are available in racks around Garrett County, 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 $72 per 250 character text entry, per day, $90 per 250 character colored text entry, per day and $120 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 17, 2019.

  • Grand Feature Parade - Saturday, October 12, 2019

  • 51st Annual Grand Feature Parade Sponsor: 


    GloryFest4.jpgThe Grand Feature Parade 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.

  • 2018 Autumn Glory Festival Grand Marshal

    The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, Autumn Glory Festival presenter, is proud to announce meteorologist Scott Harbaugh at WPXI, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, as the Grand Marshal of Garrett County’s 51st Annual Autumn Glory Festival Grand Feature Parade, sponsored by First United Bank and Trust. The parade will be held on Saturday, October 13, 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 51st annual Autumn Glory Festival.


    Scott has been forecasting weather for nearly 25 years and  for more than a decade in his hometown of Pittsburgh. He is a graduate from North Allegheny High School and Ohio University, where he majored in journalism with a specialization in pre-meteorology. He continued on to receive his certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. Scott's career has taken him to Zanesville, Ohio; Bluefield, West Virginia; Augusta, Georgia; and Rockford, Illinois.


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  • 2018 Turkey Trail

    51st 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.

  • 2018 Hometown Hero

    51st Annual Hometown Hero Sponsor: 

    This year the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will be honoring Ali Schilpp, 2018 SLJ School Librarian of the Year. Four years ago, as the first and only Library Media Specialist to work at Northern Middle School, Ali Schilpp tapped into her more than 12 years of library experience to create an engaging, technology-driven space. After securing numerous grants for the school library, her students now have access to a makerspace with LEGO®, robots, a green screen studio, and a reading nook for therapy dogs. Ali expanded learning beyond her rural community by developing a digital citizenship library program that fosters global connections, and she continuously seeks new opportunities to challenge her students—from writer’s workshops, and STEAM challenges, to collaborations with notable authors.

  • 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 19. 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.

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  • 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.

    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. 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 7th. 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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  • Autumn Glory Podcast