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  • View Our Official 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Brochure

    Get all the details on our Autumn Glory events in our official 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure

    A detailed listing of Autumn Glory Festival events from October 10 - 14, 2018, the brochure also includes a map of downtown Oakland, 2019 Fall Foliage Heritage Driving Tours and more.

    Download a copy 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. 

    Patriot Automotive Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram: King of the 4WD is the title sponsor of the 52nd annual Autumn Glory Festival.


  • Grand Feature Parade - Saturday, October 10, 2020

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    GloryFest4.jpgThe Grand Feature Parade will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020. 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 10, 2020, 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 53rd Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 10, 2020. 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.


  • 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.


  • Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner - Wednesday, October 7, 2020

     

    The Annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 7. 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.

  • 2020 Autumn Glory Royalty

    Applications for the 2020 Autumn Glory King & Queen are currently available.

    Students may download the application HERE. 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 53rd annual Autumn Glory Festival King or Queen.

    If selected, the Autumn Glory King & Queen must be able to attend the following events (dates subject to change): Grantsville Days Parade on June 26, 2020; Accident Homecoming 4th of July Parade on July 4, 2020; Kitzmiller Homecoming on July 25, 2020; Friendsville Days Parade on August 15, 2020; The Buckwheat Festival Parade on September 26, 2020; Kick-Off Reception & Dinner on Oct. 7, Fireman’s Parade on Oct. 8, Banjo Championship on Oct. 9, Grand Feature Parade on Oct. 10, Fiddle Contest on Oct. 10, Craft Shows on Oct. 11, Sundae Eating Contest on Oct. 11 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 2020. One male and one female applicant will be chosen and each will receive an educational contribution. Completed applications must be submitted to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce by Friday, May 8, 2020.

    For further information about the Autumn Glory King & Queen, please click HERE or contact Nick Sharps at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.5237 or nick@garrettchamber.com.

         

  • 53rd Annual Autumn Glory Royalty Court Sponsors:

     

  • 53rd Annual Autumn Glory Festival King & Queen Announced

    The 2020 Autumn Glory Royalty Court has been selected for the 53rd Annual Autumn Glory Festival. This year’s King is Jarrett Miller and the Queen is Olivia Warne. Patriot Automotive CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM: King of the 4WD, is the title sponsor of the 53rd Annual Autumn Glory Festival.

    Jarrett Miller is the Student Member of the Board of Education for Garrett County and is involved with all levels of Student Government. An Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop 22, Jarrett is a member of SGHS Mock Trial, Matheletes, and Model United Nations teams. Jarrett is the Editor-in-Chief of the G-FORCE robotics team and is an active member of the Deer Park United Methodist Church. 

    Liv Warne is an active young adult in both high school and the community. She is on the Southern Garrett girls varsity soccer team, on the girls track team, and enjoys skiing and biking in her spare time. She is a member of National Honor Society and a lead STEM educator for the FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1629 - GaCo. She is a yearly volunteer with many outside events that include Camp Caring, Garrett County Board of Education Lego tech camps, and works at High Mountain Sports.

    The Autumn Glory King & Queen will preside over the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner to be held on Wednesday, October 7, and they will be featured in the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 10. 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 53rd Annual Autumn Glory Royalty Court sponsors are Byco Enterprises, Inc; Potomac Edison; and Railey Realty. 


  • 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 in August/September 2020 and mail it in to Sarah Duck, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541 by Friday, September 4th, 2020. The winner will be announced at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce's annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception on October 9, 2019.

    The 2019 recipient of the Golden Ambassador award was Bob Boal (pictured above middle with Tim Bender, Chamber Chair and Nicole Christian, Chamber President & CEO)


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