WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY- Little League World Series starts next week and South Williamsport is experiencing the calm before the storm.
Teams will start arriving in “Billtown” Friday night and throughout the weekend.
But before they do Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler talked to neighbors and volunteers who look forward to the event each year.
You wouldn’t think empty lawn space could be a tradition during the little league world series… But it is..
“Just when people were coming down the street and didn’t find a place to park so my husband said you can park in here..” Said Nancy Bieber
It has been a domino affect throughout this neighborhood which sits just three blocks from the Little League World Series complex.
Now all they need are spectators who are willing to pay five, 10, 15 dollars a day to park on people’s lawn.
“You meet people from all over, you become friends with them, You stay friends with them over the years. You know, it’s just really unique.”
Some of Nancy’s neighbors volunteer as team hosts during the competition and can’t monitor their lawn – so they say no parking – but yes to helping teams.
At the grove dozens of team hosts make sure players get where they need to go throughout the whole week.”
Edward Weinhoffer has been hosting teams for 30 years.
This year he will be taking care of the ‘West Team.’
“It’s really neat because these people and these teams come from all over the world, right? They have never been to Williamsport.”
Hundreds of volunteers work with Little League International all year long to make the world series a blast for young and old.
Liz Dilullo Brown is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Little .League International
“Really it’s about them and how they help us to pull this event together and really make sure it’s enjoyable for all the fans that come.”
And some of those fans will find a lawn ready for their car..
The week kicks off with the Grand Slam Parade- You can see it live on WYOU August 17 beginning at 6 pm