Maryland Autumn Festival

maryland-autumn-festival2007-10-05-1191598204.gifCarnival rides will be offered at the Autumn Glory Festival for the first time in many years. Also chairlift rides will be offered again at Wisp Resort offering breathtaking views of the fall foliage in Mountain Maryland.

“The carnival is just one of many new activities that are being planned for the 40th Anniversary of our Autumn Glory Festival,” said Charlie Ross, President and CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “We have the Mountain Coaster at Wisp offering rides during the Festival, an Adventure Triathlon at Adventure Sports Center International, activities in other
Garrett County towns and the Mountain Top Dixieland Jazz Band performing at the Glades Pavilion Friday afternoon.

“We have a fantastic band, The Moonlighters, performing at our Kick-off Reception on Wednesday, October 10,” he said. “We are looking forward to a wonderful evening of 60’s era music, dancing, good food and good fellowship at the Wisp to kick off our Ruby Red Anniversary celebration.”

Carnival rides will be provided by Alan & Dreama Myers, owners of Myers Amusements, who will bring some of their rides and game trailers to
Oakland, to celebrate Autumn Glory this year.

They will be open near the railroad station on Thursday, October 11th from
3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and may be able to open Wednesday evening for a few hours. This year’s rides will include the Sizzler, Dino, Moon Bounce and Obstacle Course. Also, six games will be offered from their two game trailers.

“Alan and Dreama live on a 60 acre farm in
Mt. Lookout, West Virginia and travel with their two sons, “LA” and Lemuel all round the east coast bringing fun and thrills with their carnival rides and game trailers,” said Judy Day, a member of the Autumn Glory Planning Committee.

The towns of Crellin and Kitzmiller are being highlighted this year with
Crellin Elementary School students offering a tour of the Envionmental Educational Laboratory and see first hand the mine restoration project and history themed playground Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. The weekend includes activities in the newly renovated Kitzmiller Company Store, a Friday night steak dinner at the Fire Hall, a Fall Fest Bonfire with music and hayrides Saturday and the Kitzmiller museum on Church Street, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the river walk and the botanical gardens.

From Wednesday through Sunday the area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors or outdoors. Entertainment by The Moonlighters and recognition of the Golden Ambassador will kick off the festival on Wednesday October 10.

Thursday features the Oktoberfest dinner and concert by the Oom-Pah band and a giant fireman’s parade and a kids carnival. The week continues with historic area tours, antique and craft shows, fine arts exhibits, both swing and oldies dances, a farmers’ market, 5-K walk, storytelling and book festival, musical concerts, dogsled events, a quilt show, corn maze, art glass exhibits, outdoor adventures, shopping specials and a wide variety of other activities.

The Official Maryland State Banjo Championship, Friday features the Hillbilly Gypsies. Banjo contestants of all ages from a five-state area compete for top honors.

Saturday, October 13, offers musical entertainment at the Front Page Stage and on the Box Car Stage, the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands with high school field show competition, the State Fiddle Championship and Mandolin Contest, as well as the Grand Feature Parade. Clowns, floats, bands, and plenty of sidewalk vendors increase the festival atmosphere.

Antique and craft shows continue Sunday, joined by the Autumn Glory Festival Car Show and a No-hands Sundae Eating Contest.

For more details about Autumn Glory check out or contact the Chamber of Commerce at 301-387-4386.

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