Clarion is located in the picturesque Appalachian Mountain region of northwestern Pennsylvania. Clarion County has six exits off Interstate 80, making it within short traveling distances from the cities of Erie, Pittsburgh and Youngstown. >>Directions
Clarion is Home of the Autumn Leaf Festival
In 1953, the first recognized Autumn Leaf Festival was held during the homecoming ceremonies of Clarion University, then know as Clarion State College. Businesses were asked to decorate, adding a touch of color to the town. Ruth Neiger from Brockway served as Homecoming Queen that year. Ruth, and all those involved in the first ALF, did not know that it would become an annual celebration.
The following year, 1954, the Clarion Chamber of Commerce had an idea. Since the leaves were colored and beautiful during the fall, a larger festival would attract even more people to the area. Two parades were offered. The first was held from 9:30 a.m. until noon. It included veterans from foreign wars, Girl Scouts, volunteer firemen, the Lions’ Club, the Autumn Leaf Queen’s float, and seven Clarion County bands. Redbank’s band received a $50 prize for first place . Two and a half hours later, the Clarion State Teachers College held their homecoming parade with many beautiful floats made by local fraternities.