Our opinion: Tidioute, this week

There’s one thing you can say about the people of Tidioute: They don’t quit.

When their high school was closed, they started their own charter school for K-12. That was almost 10 years ago, and it appears to be thriving.

Each year for as long as most folks can remember, Tidioute residents have gathered in a garage to tie the greens to decorate their town for Christmas.

Fifty-four years ago, they claimed the Pennsylvania State Championship Fishing Tournament. There may only be about 800 residents of this borough tucked in the valley cut by the Allegheny River, but this weekend that population will swell significantly as the PSCFT returns for its uninterrupted run with music, food, carnival, dancing and, oh yeah, fishing.

Tradition means a lot in Tidioute, and this weekend the rest of Warren County (and beyond) is the better for it.

Sportsmen and women will see the fruits of the Allegheny River and its major tributaries as tournament contestants turn in their catches for weigh-in and some of the lunkers that watch the tournament festivities from the giant fish tank.

But, at its heart, the Pennsylvania State Championship Fishing Tournament is a hometown festival with more than just fishing as its raison d’etre.

A visit to Tidioute, arguably one of the most picturesque small-town settings in northwest Pennsylvania, isn’t a bad idea any day you’re looking for a pretty drive, but this weekend there is something special.

The event begins in earnest today, and runs through Sunday, and, judging from the forecast, the weather will be beautiful.