McHenry, Md. — Garrett County, Md., celebrates the 51st anniversary of its annual Autumn Glory Festival, presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, with two large parades, live music, band competitions, antique and craft shows and more from Wednesday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Oct. 14.
Drive or bike one, or both, of the county’s 2018 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours. For details, go to visitdeepcreek.com.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner will kick off the festival on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Thursday features the Oktoberfest dinner and a fireman’s parade.
The Official Maryland State Banjo and Mandolin Championships is at 7 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, features more than 100 entries. That day also will feature the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands at 6 p.m.
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If you didn’t get a chance to take advantage of Maryland’s last free fishing day on the Fourth of July, you should most certainly get yourself a license and hit the water this weekend because there’s something for everyone right now in every fishing hole from the lakes and reservoirs to Ocean City’s shores.
Southern Maryland lakes and ponds — Anthony Hancock, manager at Gilbert Run Park in Dentsville, said that with the extreme heat there hasn’t been much fishing activity going on.
Fishing early and late with topwater lures is a great way to target bass right now. During the heat of the day, most bass will find the nearest drop-off from shore and hold near available cover. Fishing around low trees and docks with lightly weighted soft plastic baits, jig-and-craw combos or creature-type baits is your best bet.
The bluegill are eager to eat small pieces of nightcrawler or live crickets. Fishing for bluegill early and late in shallow water is productive as they’ll also move to deeper, cooler water during the heat of the day.
Just a reminder that the park opens at 7 a.m. on weekends and 7:30 a.m. during the weekdays. The park closes seven days a week at 8 p.m.