Swanton woman second from Garrett County to earn title
From Staff Reports Cumberland Times-News
OAKLAND — Garrett County resident Joanna Guy, who was crowned Miss Maryland 2012, will be the grand marshal for the Grand Feature Parade during the 45th Autumn Glory Festival, according to Nicole Christian, president and CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.
Guy, who is from Swanton, is the second woman from Garrett County to be crowned Miss Maryland. In 1990, Kimberly Ann Grimm Weimer of Mountain Lake Park was crowned Miss Maryland.
Guy’s personal platform, Heart to Heart: Raising Awareness for Healthy Hearts, was inspired by her grandparents, all four of whom suffered from heart disease or stroke.
The Autumn Glory Festival is a five-day event, this year scheduled from Oct. 10 to 14, that celebrates the beauty of the local fall foliage. The festival will feature two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique and craft shows and much more.
The festival will begin with the Chamber of Commerce annual Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner featuring live musical entertainment and recognition of the Autumn Glory Golden Ambassador.
On Oct. 11, there will be an Oktoberfest dinner and concert by the Oom-Pah band and a firemen’s parade. The week will continue with historic area tours, antique and craft shows, fine arts exhibits, farmers market, 5K walk, musical concerts, dogsled events, a quilt show, corn maze, art glass exhibits, outdoor adventures, quilt shows, food and drink specials, live entertainment, comedy basketball game, pumpkin-chucking contest, horseback trail rides, shopping specials and a wide variety of other activities.
The Official Maryland State Banjo Championship will be held Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. with contestants of all ages competing for top honors.
On Oct. 13, there will be musical entertainment at the Front Page Stage on Second Street near the post office and on the box car at the train station. The Grand Feature Parade will begin at 1 p.m. Clowns, floats, bands and plenty of sidewalk vendors will increase the festival atmosphere. The Western Maryland Tournament of Bands will begin at 6 p.m. with a high school field show competition and the State Fiddle Championship and Mandolin Contest will begin at 7 p.m.
Antique and Craft shows continue Oct. 14, joined by the Autumn Glory Festival Car Show, the Great Pumpkin Festival on the rapids at Adventure Sports Center International and a no-hands, sundae-eating contest at Lakeside Creamery.
Fall foliage can be viewed by driving or biking one of Garrett County’s Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours. The first tour includes the Youghiogheny River, Ginseng Run, Deep Creek Lake Scenic Overlook, Garrett State Forest, Swallow Falls State Park, Muddy Falls and Deep Creek Lake Dam.
A longer tour highlights the Casselman River Bridge State Park, Spruce Forest Artisan Village, Savage River State Forest, New Germany State Park, scenic overlooks, Deep Creek Lake State Park and the Historic National Road. A full map and directions can be obtained at www.visitdeepcreek.com.
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