Celebrating the Bicentennial of Garrett County – Communications Bureau | Panda Anku

The county sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, commemorates the incorporation of Garrett County on December 4, 1872.

A bicentennial committee planned and organized several memorials and community participation opportunities based on the event’s theme: “Garrett County: Celebrating 150 Years of Connecting Communities.”

Now and throughout 2022, the Bicentennial Committee is participating in each Garrett County community’s festival or community event to share, distribute, and offer free giveaways and souvenirs while supplies last.

One of the most important memorabilia is a bronze coin representing each of the communities: Accident, Deer Park, Friendsville, Grantsville, Kitzmiller, Loch Lynn, Mountain Lake Park and Oakland. Each of these eight cities participated in the design of a custom side of the coin to represent their city, coupled with the face of the coin featuring the county’s namesake, John W. Garrett.

To date, local coins have been awarded at WinterFest (City of Oakland), National Road Festival (City of Grantsville), Celtic Festival (City of Friendsville), Kick-Off to Summer (City of Oakland), Grantsville Days (City of Grantsville), Accident 4th of July Homecoming (Town of Accident Coin), Victorian Chautauqua (Town of Mountain Lake Park Coin) and Kitzmiller Homecoming (Town of Kitzmiller Coin).

The next events scheduled for the issuance of commemorative coins are:

In addition, the planning group is coordinating a free public celebration on September 17, 2022 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry. The event runs from 10:00am to 6:00pm with a history walk, car show, local storytelling, local music, free food and more.

Complete 150th commemorative coin sets (with holders) and each of the 8 city coins listed above will be available as gifts while supplies last.

All are welcome at this FREE all-day event featuring local music, history presentations, food, entertainment and fellowship!

Area state parks, our incorporated towns and businesses with a robust history in Garrett County will tell their stories.

The cast bring key moments, characters and music from Garrett County to the stage of today.

Share Garrett County connections through genealogy activities, farming demonstrations, a car show, local food, artwork, community talks and more!


10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Garrett County Fairgrounds

10:00 a.m
Warm welcome; dignitaries speak

11:00 o’clock
Cake cutting presented by County Commissioners

Agricultural activities and demonstrations, Quonset Hut

Storytelling with Local Historians, 4H Hall
Sit and chew the fat with some local historians who will share fond memories and tales of growing up in Garrett County. This old-fashioned “talk” will make you reminisce and reminisce about the good old days.
Don Sincell, Martin Heiss, and Fred Fox

1:00 pm
Buffalo Run, main stage outside
Buffalo Run is a gathering of longtime musicians/friends bringing new songs to life. Rob Smith, lead singer, guitarist and founding member of Buffalo Run, lives in Friendsville. Smith and bassist/vocalist Keith Roberts recorded “Garrett County Time” for a 1980 Smith & Roberts album entitled Buffalo Run. The song, dedicated to Deputy Sheriff David G. Livengood, who died on duty in 1979, became a popular local hit. The first Buffalo Run Band version 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

1:30 p.m
Women’s monologues presented by AAUW
AAUW-Garrett Branch performs some of her Women’s Monologues, short one-on-one portraits of Garrett County women active in the struggle for women’s suffrage. Originally performed in 2020-2021 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution which gave women the right to vote, these short monologues will introduce viewers to some of our local women of history who has a difference in securing fundamental rights for all citizens and brings them to life in a unique way. The cast are members and friends of the AAUW-Garrett Branch, which has been active in Garrett County since 1946.

14:00 clock
John W Garrett Speaks, played by Albert Feldstein, Stage Ag Hall
The founder and namesake of our district comes alive with this performance by Albert Feldstein. Learn about the history of Garrett County transportation and how important the B&O Railroad was to Garrett County’s development.

The Terah Crawford Band, main stage outside
Terah Crawford, based in Deep Creek Lake Maryland, fronts the band on lead vocals and rhythm instruments. Scott Alexander provides harmony vocals and driving acoustic guitar. Jeremie Hamilton is one of the area’s finest musicians and brings his expert fiddle skills to the table. And if you’re good, he might wow you with a few mandolin runs. Rounding out TCB Sand, Bill Crawford is undoubtedly the hardest working member of the crew, playing lead guitar, mandolin and banjo and writing the band’s original tunes. By combining their love of mountain music with classic rock, outlaw country and a touch of folk, they have created their own style of Appalachian folk music.

3:00 p.m
Storytelling with Local Historians, 4H Hall
Sit and chew the fat with some local historians who will share fond memories and tales of growing up in Garrett County. This old-fashioned “talk” will make you reminisce and reminisce about the good old days.
Don Sincell, Martin Heiss, and Fred Fox

3:30 p.m
Our Town Theatre, Souvenirs, Ag Heritage Hall
The Our Town Theater performance will be a collection of historical monologues compiled from original OTT memorabilia, as well as monologues written by Northern High students as part of the National Road Festival project and the original historical play More Than a Lake . These monologues depict generations of life in Garrett County based on research using local resources including the Republican Newspaper and the Ruth Enlow Library. The performance will feature local actors from Our Town Theater and Northern Garrett High School.

4 p.m
Aurora Celtic, main stage outside
From the hills of West Virginia, Aurora Celtic performs powerful, original and traditional music for guitar, fiddle, Irish flute, fife, 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, the Kennedy Center and Europe. Her music has been featured twice on NPR’s music program Thistle & Shamrock. All have played in numerous musical groups spanning styles as diverse as Classical, Appalachian, Celtic & Alternative.

4 p.m
Robotics Presentation, Ag Heritage Hall

Bell Ringing Ceremony of Garrett County Chapter of DAR, signing of the Constitution


Car Show and Competition – Vote for your favorites! Top parking lot
Stroll through these classic cars hosted by Mountain Top Cruisers and step back in time. Enjoy the craftsmanship and beauty of the cars on display. See if your favorite wins Best in Show.

Antique Tractor Display – Lower Field, Horse Stables

Genealogy Display – Exhibition Hall
The Ruth Enlow Library and the Garrett County Historical Society will host a “Genealogy Chart” that will show interested Garrett County citizens how to begin researching their family history and highlight the resources available to prospective genealogists in the county and beyond .

History Walk – Ag Heritage Hall
A stroll through the Heritage Hall will surely bring you back. See exhibits from our local towns and state parks and how they have grown over the past 150 years. Some regional companies that have featured in GC over the years will also be on display. Don’t miss Flying Scott’s #1 boat and other big surprises.

Commissioned Art Exhibition, Ag Heritage Hall
The Garrett County Arts Council has initiated a call for artists to create a two-dimensional work of art to showcase our beautiful Garrett County area as it was then (1872) and now (2022). An independent entry will be selected as the winner of the competition by an independent judging panel of local, regional and state artists and will receive a prize of US$800 in exchange for all rights to the image. The original piece will be included in the county’s permanent collection.

Nonprofit and Community Organizations, Quonset Hut
Visit the Quonset Hut to see all of the nonprofit organizations in our county and how their services and missions can help you. These organizations provide much needed services in our county, so stop by and learn more about them.

Grocery vendors, everywhere
Enjoy treats from our local food vendors. Receive two tickets for free 150th throughout the day. Specials, compliments of the GC commissioners.

Additional information will be updated weekly on the county’s Sesquicentennial website at www.Garrett150.com.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Sarah Myers, County Communications Coordinator, at 301-334-7242 or smyers@garrettcounty.org.

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