Spirit shines through at welcoming festival

Although the sun didn’t poke out until later, crowds stuck it out through rainy weather to celebrate Little League at Williamsport Welcomes the World on Friday.

Vendors kept spirits up with food, games and souvenirs.

“We’re trying to bring some sunshine into the world,” said Phil Buehrer, of Loyalsock Township, who was part of the Montoursville Rotary Club’s stand selling sunflowers grown by Bob Hawker, of Montoursville.

Also adding color to the event was a yellow bear mascot for Weichart Realtors, whose stand sold hot dogs and drinks and donated all proceeds to the Challenger Division, a separate division of Little League for children with disabilities.

Many attendees ducked into local businesses to escape the weather and bought food or souvenirs in the meanwhile.

Fans like Doug Touma lined up with umbrellas in the street for a signature from Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar.

Touma came from Michigan to see the games for the first time with his son and two of his son’s friends, who all three play baseball. “Williamsport has been very friendly, even to us newbies,” Touma said.

When the sun came out, Uptown Music Collective took the stage and played covers of popular rock and roll.