The Autumn Glory Festival is one of the most popular events in the Deep Creek Lake area. It draws thousands of visitors to the area each year. In fact, it was named MSN’s number one fall festival in the world!
So, what is all of the fuss about? Aside from admiring beautiful leaves, there are tons of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.
History of Autumn Glory
Before it was known as “Autumn Glory”, it was actually a turkey festival. Local turkey growers started an annual event to promote turkey dinners. In the 1960s, folks started to think about turning it into a larger festival. It eventually evolved into the extravaganza that we know today. Of course, turkey dinners are still part of the tradition! Check out restaurants that are participating in the “turkey trail”.
Favorite Autumn Glory Activities
The festival kicks-off on Wednesday and continues through Sunday. I put together a few of my favorite “must-dos” for the festival.
-The Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception is Wednesday night at Wisp Resort. You can mingle with the festival king and queen while you dance the night away.
-Wednesday through Sunday the town of Oakland hosts a carnival complete with rides, games, and food.
42nd Annual Friendsville Days August 18-20 This fun event kicks off with the Flotilla Friday at 5:30PM. On Saturday, the parade starts at noon and is followed by lots of fun activities and live music. On Sunday, there is a community church service at 11AM.
2nd Annual Mountain Maryland Dragon Boat Festival August 26, 9AM-4PM Held at Broadford Park, this event is a fundraiser for the Dove Center. Amateur teams race dragon boats and compete for the championship. Enjoy the race and food vendors and artisans, music, and activities for the kids.
The Garrett County Fair is one of the best-loved summertime activities! There is no shortage of fun for the entire family. The 2023 Garrett County Fair dates are July 29-August 5.
Growing up in Garrett County the fair was not to be missed. Every kid wants to spend as much time there as possible. Rides, games, food and farm animals are just a few reasons to visit the fair at least once during the week.
Garrett County Fair 2023 Schedule
The schedule for the 2023 Garrett County Fair was recently released. Here is the full schedule for the entire week:
Property sales in Garrett County are stable, and the market is still thriving. You can see from the graphic below representing the past 2 years that we’ve tapered off slightly but remember that we were in a very robust market for a good portion of this time.
Art in the Park July 8, 10AM-5PM and July 9, 10AM-4PM Browse artwork from more than 50 vendors at Deep Creek Lake State Park.
Victorian Chatauqua July 8 and 9 Celebrate the history of Mountain Lake Park. This is a free, family-friendly event with historical performances, live music, vendors and artisans, food, trolley bus tours, and more.
Spring is a great time of year to sell your Deep Creek Lake home. The weather is mild, the flowers are in bloom, and buyers are on the hunt for their dream home. But before you put your home on the market, there are a few things you need to do to ensure it is in top shape.
Here are some top tips to prepare your home for spring:
Check your smoke alarms. First and foremost, make sure your smoke alarms are in working order. This is a crucial safety feature that should not be overlooked. Test each smoke alarm in your home and replace the batteries if needed.
Clean out your dryer vent. Over time, dryer vents can become clogged with lint, which can pose a fire hazard. Make sure to clean out your dryer vent before putting your home on the market. You can do this yourself or hire a professional.
Replace filters. Replace the air filters in your home, including those for your furnace and air conditioning unit. This will help improve the air quality in your home and ensure your HVAC system is running efficiently.
Check pipes for leaks. Inspect all of the pipes in your home for leaks. If you find any leaks, be sure to fix them before showing your home to potential buyers. A leaky pipe can turn off buyers and make them wonder what other hidden problems your home may have.
Wash interior and exterior windows. Clean windows can make a big difference in the overall appearance of your home. Take the time to wash both the interior and exterior of your windows to give your home a fresh and bright look.
Deep Creek Dunk weekend is fast approaching! I’ll give you all the info you need to thoroughly enjoy this favorite winter event. The 2023 date for the dunk is Saturday, February 25.
About the Deep Creek Dunk
The MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk started in 1998. Dunkers plunge into Deep Creek Lake’s frigid water to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD). Individuals and teams raise money to benefit this worthy cause. Prizes are awarded for the most money raised as well as for the wild costumes that help to make the event so much fun!
This favorite winter event took a two year hiatus due to COVID-19 so we are especially excited about the 2023 festivities.
Goosebumps, Grapes & Growlers
The 2023 Deep Creek Dunk festivities kick-off Friday, February 24 at the Honi-Honi Bar. This wine tasting is held in the heated tent on the deck. A $20 donation benefits Maryland Special Olympics. Continue reading Deep Creek Dunk Quick Guide