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  • 54th Annual Autumn Glory Festival
    October 13 - 17, 2021


    Save the date for our 54th Annual Autumn Glory Festival!
    Additional information about the 2021 Autumn Glory Festival will be
    added as we get closer to the event date.

    Details about 2020's Autumn Glory Festival are below. 

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    Wednesday, October 7 - Sunday, October 11, 2020
    The annual Autumn Glory Festival is a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the local fall foliage. 

    We are pleased to announce that the 53rd annual Autumn Glory Festival, sponsored by Patriot Automotive CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM: King of the 4WD, will be held as scheduled from Wednesday, October 7 – Sunday, October 11, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Autumn Glory Festival will look a little different this year.

    After meeting with local officials including the Town of Oakland and the Garrett County Health Department, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has elected to cancel this year’s Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade originally scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2020.  

    In lieu of the parade, the Chamber will be hosting an Autumn Glory Float Contest, sponsored by Garrett Regional Medical Center, on Saturday, October 10. The Chamber will also  host our annual Kick-Off Event, sponsored by First United Bank & Trust and Premier Power Solutions, LLC, virtually on Wednesday, October 7 . The Chamber also plans to host their annual Autumn Glory Craft & Gift Sale, sponsored by UPMC Western Maryland, on Saturday, October 10 from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, October 11 from 10 am – 4 pm at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry. Be sure to bid on our Autumn Glory Photo Canvas Virtual Auction, sponsored by M&T Bank, from Sept. 22 - Oct. 7 at 5 pm. The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, will once again offer their annual Turkey Trail, sponsored by the Garrett County Republican, which celebrates the event’s roots by promoting area turkey dinners served in our region. The Heritage Area will also have two new Fall Foliage Driving Tours, sponsored by Advanced Heating & Cooling, LLC and Ledo Pizza, Pasta & Pub, highlighting some of the area’s most scenic spots to view our stunning Autumn leaves. 

    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. Good Housekeeping has listed our Oakland, MD among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage; Travel & Leisure listed Oakland, MD as the number 2 Best Town for Fall Colors in America; and TripAdvisor selected Oakland, MD as one of 20 Best Fall Vacations in America for Seeing Autumn Foliage.  Oakland was also selected by U.S. News and World Report as one of 50 Small Towns Across American with Gorgeous Fall Foliage and Readers Digest listed Garrett County as one of the 11 Road Trips That Showcase Stunning Fall Foliage You Need to Take This Autumn.‚Äč

  • 2021 Autumn Glory Royalty

    Applications for the 2021 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 54th 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 25, 2021; Accident Homecoming 4th of July Parade on July 3, 2021; Kitzmiller Homecoming on July 24, 2021; Friendsville Days Parade on August 13, 2021; The Buckwheat Festival Parade on October 2, 2021; Kick-Off Reception & Dinner on Oct. 13, Fireman’s Parade on Oct. 14, Banjo Championship on Oct. 15, Grand Feature Parade on Oct. 16, Fiddle Contest on Oct. 16, Craft Shows on Oct. 16, Sundae Eating Contest on Oct. 17 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 2021. 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 7, 2021.

    For further information about the Autumn Glory King & Queen, please contact Holly Lane at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.6171 or holly@garrettchamber.com.


    List Your Autumn Glory Event In the Official 54th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure

    Do you host an Autumn Glory event? Promote it in the official 54th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure.

    This year’s Autumn Glory Festival, sponsored by Patriot Automotive CHRYSLER DODGE JEEP RAM: King of the 4WD, will be held Wednesday, October 13 - Sunday, October 17, 2021.

    10,000 Autumn Glory brochures will be printed and made 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, 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 the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541 by no later than Friday, May 28, 2021. 

    Patriot Automotive Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram: King of the 4WD is the title sponsor of the 54th annual Autumn Glory Festival.

  • View Our Official 53rd Annual Autumn Glory Brochure

    Get all the details on our Autumn Glory events in our official 53rd Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure

    A detailed listing of Autumn Glory Festival events from October 7 - 11, 2020, the brochure also includes a map, Fall Foliage Heritage Driving Tours and more.

    Download a copy or request a hard copy be mailed to you. Starting September 5th, 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 53rd annual Autumn Glory Festival.

  • Fall Foliage Driving Tours

    What better way to enjoy fall than with a fall foliage driving tour?  Join us on our two driving tours this year. 

    Our short tour, which is 44 miles long, should take approximately 1 hour. You'll travel along beautiful scenic routes within the Northern End of  Garrett County including stops at Meshack Browning's Grave site, The Bear Creek Fish Hatchery, and Cove Run Overlook in Accident.

    Our Extended tour is 49 miles and should take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. On this tour, you'll have an opportunity to stop by The Friends Store, Sang Run State Park and Historic Downtown Oakland.  

    View both Fall Foliage Driving Tours. 

    2020 Fall Foliage Driving Tours Sponsors:


  • 53rd Annual Official Autumn Glory Photo Canvas Virtual Auction

    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.

    The photo from this year's Autumn Glory brochure cover has been blown up to 20" x 30" and printed on gallery-wrapped canvas which was up for virtual auction this year!  

    The auction began on September 27 and ended at 4 pm on Wednesday, October 7th and the winners were Tom Georg and Stephanie Filsinger

    Only one canvas was available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the educational sponsorship for this year's Autumn Glory King & Queen. 100% of the donation is tax deductible.

    Photo Sponsor: 

  • Autumn Glory Virtual Kick-Off Event Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 

    The Annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Event was held virtually at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7. The winner of the Golden Ambassador award will be announced and the Autumn Glory King & Queen will be introduced. This year will also include the announcement of the Photo Canvas Auction Winner and feature a performance by Silver Spring, Maryland-based comedian Robert Mac (right).   

    Kick-Off Event Platinum Sponsors:
    Kick-Off Event Silver Sponsor:

    Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales

    Kick-Off Event Bronze Sponsors: 

  • 2020 Golden Ambassador Award

    At the Annual Autumn Glory Kick Off Event, the annual 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 2019 recipient of the Golden Ambassador award was Bob Boal. (pictured middle with Tim Bender, Chamber Chair and Nicole Christian, Chamber President & CEO)

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  • 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. 

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  • 2020 Turkey Trail

    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 garrettheritage.com. There, you will also find an interactive map that will help with directions to each of the locations.

    Visit garrettheritage.com for more information.

    53rd Annual Turkey Trail Sponsor: 

  • Autumn Glory Podcast