As autumn arrives in the mountains, so does the annual Autumn Glory Festival as it celebrates the splendor and beauty of the mountains in Western Maryland. Slated for October 11-15, this annual fall celebration reaches a monumental milestone this year as festival planners transform Maryland’s most western county into a colorful occasion of art, food, and tradition.
Long before the named festival originated, a group of local turkey growers organized and promoted turkey dinners during the fall season. In 1960, the local Lions Club got involved to grow the idea into a county-wide festival in hopes of attracting visitors from outside the area. Since then, the festival has grown to accommodate crowds reaching 60,000 or more attendees. While local turkey dinners still entice, the festival has expanded the scope to include Appalachian inspired music, events, and exhibits throughout Garrett County.
Now in its 50th year, the Autumn Glory Festival has five festival-filled days of local culture, and happenings that celebrate the fall harvest, nature’s hues, and the connection of community. The small town of Oakland hosts the event recognized in 2007 by popular travel site MSN as the world’s best fall festival. With a world-based reputation, the Autumn Glory Festival grows each year. This year’s festival line-up includes 70+ events to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the world-famous festival which includes: a Grand Feature Parade, Arts and Craft Shows, Pumpkin Chuckin’, and of course, delicious turkey dinners.