CLARION — The 68th Clarion Autumn Leaf Festival ended like it began, under sunny skies. The tractor show brought dozens of antique tractors, “hit and miss” engines and lawn tractors to Clarion’s Main Street.
The weather was threatening for the Autumn Leaf parade Saturday. The rain gave way to cloudy skies but that did not deter the hundreds of spectators from attending the parade. There were very few empty seats along Main Street.
Clarion University homecoming queen Nicole Stewart did double duty during the parade, marching with university’s majorettes and then doubling back to ride her float along with homecoming king Brady Bizzarri.
The university was well represented. The Eagle band led the parade and was followed by a dance unit, the hip-hop dancers and the Eagle cheerleaders.
The university band was not alone in providing music. High school bands from Clarion, Clarion-Limestone, A-C Valley, Keystone and Brookville joined the march.
Grand Marshall Kevin Battle, a KDKA radio personality and Clarion University Alum dished out treats as he made his way down the street. Members of the Carrion American Legion post provided the color guard.
A number of floats dotted the parade including one from Butler Healthcare System, the Clarion Lions Club, Hope Rising Church, The U.S. Army, Special Olympics, Piney Trail Riders, Relay for Life, Forest Property Solutions, Beem Logistics, Coach Blondie, Tri Sigma and SigEp sororities.
No local parade would be complete without an appearance by the Zem-Zem unit of the Clarion trike riders. Dancers from Dancer’s Studio performed along the street and players from Clarion Little League marched as well.
The Clarion chapter of the Civil Air Patrol brought along a miniature self-propelled jet that accompanied the members down Main Street.
“This has been a great day,” said Clarion Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive director Tracy Becker Sunday.