150th Community Celebration

A family fun day! There will be a “hall of history” walkthrough tour, Chautauqua-style speakers, live music entertainment, and a car show to name a few features.

Complete coin sets, as well as individual coins, will be available (for free) while supplies last.

This event a free and accessible opportunity for all county residents and visitors!


Celebrating 150 Years of Connecting Communities!
Join us for the official community celebration of the sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, series of events to commemorate the incorporation of Garrett County on December 4, 1872.
All are welcome at this FREE event featuring local music, history, food, and community!
Area state parks, our incorporated towns, and businesses with a robust Garrett County history will share their stories.
Performers will bring important Garrett County moments, characters, and music to the present-day stage.
Share Garrett County connections through genealogy activities, agriculture demonstrations, a car show, local food, artwork displays, community conversations & more!
10:30 am
Welcome, Dignitaries speak
Cake Cutting, Presented by County Commissioners
DAR Bell Ringing
The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 with the simple mission of promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. They work within our local communities to celebrate the United States Constitution as a great governance document. The bell ringing is an annual celebration of the signing on September 17, 1787, at 4:00 p.m.
After opening ceremony
Commemorative Coin Sets available
12:00 pm
Agriculture activities and demonstrations, Quonset Hut
12:00 pm
Story Telling with local historians, 4H Hall
Sit down and chew the fat with some local historians who will be sharing fond memories and stories of growing up in Garrett County. This old fashioned “chat” will have you reminiscing and remembering the good ole’ days.
Don Sincell, Martin Heise and Fred Fox
Buffalo Run, Main Stage Outside
Buffalo Run is a gathering of long-time musical performers/friends bringing new songs to life. Rob Smith, lead vocalist, guitarist and founding member of Buffalo Run, lives in Friendsville. Smith and bassist/singer Keith Roberts recorded “Garrett County Time” for a 1980 Smith & Roberts album titled “Buffalo Run.” The song, dedicated to Deputy Sheriff David G. Livengood, who died in the line of duty in 1979, became a popular local hit. The first version of the Buffalo Run Band was formed in the mid-1980s and a second bluegrass version followed in the 1990s, according to Smith. The band decided to name the group after the place where they wrote and recorded their music. It just made sense.
Women’s Monologues, Presented by AAUW
AAUW-Garrett Branch performs some of their Women’s Monologues, brief single-person portrayals of Garrett County women who were active in the fight for Woman’s Suffrage.  Originally performed in 2020-2021 to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which afforded women the right to vote, these brief monologues will introduce members of the audience to some of our local women of history who made a difference in securing the fundamental rights for all citizens and brings them to life in unique way.  The performers are members and friends of AAUW-Garrett Branch, which has been active in Garrett County since 1946.
John W Garrett speaks, performed by Albert Feldstein, Ag Hall stage
The founder and namesake of our county comes alive with this performance by Albert Feldstein. Learn about the history of transportation on Garrett County and how important the B&O Railroad was to the development of Garrett County.
The Terah Crawford Band, Main Stage Outside
Based in Deep Creek Lake Maryland, Terah Crawford fronts the band with lead vocals and rhythm instruments. Scott Alexander provides harmony vocals and driving acoustic guitar. Jeremie Hamilton is one of the area’s premier musicians bringing his expert fiddle skills. And if you’re good, he might wow you with a few mandolin runs. Bill Crawford rounds out TCB and is undoubtedly the hardest working member of the crew playing lead guitar, mandolin, and banjo as well as writing the band’s original tunes. Combining their love for mountain music with classic rock, outlaw country and just a touch of folk, they’ve created their own style of Appalachian Folk music.
Story Telling with local historians, 4H Hall
Sit down and chew the fat with some local historians who will be sharing fond memories and stories of growing up in Garrett County. This old fashioned “chat” will have you reminiscing and remembering the good ole’ days.
Don Sincell, Martin Heise and Fred Fox
Our Town Theatre, “Keepsakes”, Ag Heritage Hall
The Our Town Theatre performance will be a collection of historical monologues compiled from original OTT Keepsakes, as well as monologues written by Northern High students as a part of the National Road Festival project and the More Than a Lake original historical play. These monologues showcase generations of life in Garrett County based on research using local resources including the Republican Newspaper and Ruth Enlow Library. The performance will feature local actors from Our Town Theatre and Northern Garrett High School.
Aurora Celtic, Main Stage Outside
From the hills of West Virginia, Aurora Celtic plays evocative, original and traditional music for guitar, fiddle, Irish flute, whistle, mandolin and tenor banjo that bridges the cultures of Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia. Band members Alice Fleischman, Michael Broderick, Chris Bern and Wes Ridenour are multi-instrumentalists who have played throughout the Mid-Atlantic states, at the Kennedy Center and in Europe. Their music has twice been featured on NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock music program. All have played in numerous musical groups spanning styles as diverse as Classical, Appalachian, Celtic & Alternative
Robotics Presentation, Ag Heritage Hall
All Day:
Car Show and Competition – Vote for your favorites! Top Parking Lot
Antique Tractor Display – Lower Field, By Horse Barn
History Walk – Ag Heritage Hall
Commissioned Art Display – Ag Heritage Hall
Non Profit and Community Organizations – Quonset Hut
Food Vendors – Enjoy local treats from our food vendors. Receive two tickets for free food compliments of the GC
More information can be found on www.Garrett150.com


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Sep 17 2022

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