WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – The Little League World Series has taken over Lycoming County.
But that’s not the only thing that has brought people from all over the world into town.
Eyewitness News Reporter Morgan Parrish found out what makes pin trading so special in Williamsport.
Pins..pins..and more pins.
It’s a new hobby for some first timers.
“This is my first time trading pins,” said Hoyt Neshek, son of Phillies Pitcher Pat Neshak.
But more of a sport for trained professionals.
“We’ve been trading pins for the past ten eleven years,” said Ann Hess from Williamsport.
“We’ve been coming here for 24 25 years,” said Ron Foster from Baristo California.
“I’ve been trading since 1981 or 1982,” said Alton Hitchcock from Fountain Valley California.
And they’re not just trading a couple here and there, or dozens or even hundreds..but more like..
“A thousand,” said Hess.
“I would guesstimate probably 20 or 30 thousand,” said Dan Wales from Salisbury North Carolina.
“Thousands and thousands of pins,” said Foster.
“Tousands,” said Hitchcock.
Some of them have so many they choose to give them away in a special way.
“We have actually put together a bunch of free bags together for the kids and when we pick a kid we feel that needs them and is going to do the right thing we give the kid a bag of pins and say here you go have fun,” said Wales.
“A nice man gave me a box of pins and I started with a little baggy. He gave me a box of pins and then a whole bag of pins and then a couple of extras,” said Grayson Weissberg from Milford Delaware.
“I got the last one from the Little League World Series and I got the Japan one from the Little League World Series,” said Charlie Crunnie from Pittsburgh.
And even on days where it’s gloomy and rainy, like it was on Sunday afternoon..these traders tell Eyewitness news a little sprinkle of water will not put a damper on their day.
“It can be pouring down rain one minute and sunshine the next and you’ll still see this room like packed,” said Caitlyn Crawford from Rustin Virginia.
“Whether rain sleet or shine we’d still come out and trade pins I mean that’s half the fun of coming the other half is the games and friendships,” said Foster.