Gearing Up to Welcome the World!

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  Local businesses are already gearing up for one of the biggest events in our area - the Little League World Series.
     Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler  checking into how organizers and businesses are gearing up for little leaguers and their fans.

This time of year local shops in Williamsport receive their typical business from their patrons and summer tourists..
     Come August it's a whole new ball game and shelves best be stocked.

 
"We try to carry the biggest variety, right now, we have over 100 selections of chocolate for them to pick from.' Said Bernie Katz, owner of Le Chocolat

    Bernie Katz and his wife own "Le Chocolat" on Pine Street

Two months out from the little league world series is prime time to start putting their orders in!
   
Orders are geared towards the crowd that come for the tournament.

Items that say "Williamsport, Pennsylvania" is a hot commodity.

 
""Because we are going to get people from far away as California. Throughout all of the states that come up!"Said Katz.

    It's no surprise for those at Little League International to enter the final stage of preparation.

 
"We're getting everything ready! We're developing signiage, we're figuring out what we're going to put on the stadium, how we're going to dress the complex, we're busy planting flowers and getting the fields ready and preps." Said Brian McClintock, Senior Director of Communications for Little League International.

     McClintock says  it takes 365 days to plan this type of event.

 
"The teams are doing their local leagues around the world and we'll be ready to welcome everyone here in couple of weeks."

    Once they're here trading pins become the most popular item.
    The Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce has already theirs on hand - and ready to pass out to local businesses.

Learn more at Little League World


 
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