SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT -- The Little League World Series got underway at 11 a.m. Thursday with the opening ceremony kicking off 10 days of jam-packed baseball in South Williamsport.
Sixteen teams from all over the world marched into Volunteer Stadium with balloons and banners.
The opening ceremony is the first step for the kids as they hope to bring home the championship and call themselves the best Little League team in the world.
Last year, the Mid-Atlantic team was from Clinton County.
This year's Mid-Atlantic team is from Parsippany, New Jersey.
Some of the kids said they were in South Williamsport last year as visitors. Now they are there this year as players.
“Last year, some of us came here to see what it was all about. It's a dream come true,” said Stephen Scevoli of New Jersey. “I thought it was impossible, but we're happy to be here."
It's just as fun for the fans. Barbara Thomas and her family have been coming from Forty Fort for more than 30 years.
"It's very impressive. It brings tears to your eyes to watch it," said Thomas.
Fans cannot seem to get enough of the action on opening day at. The stands were packed at Lamade Stadium to watch the best of the best play little league ball.
"A nice family day. My husband and I came with my daughter. The kids loved it last year, we'll probably come every year," said Rosann Flynn of Scranton.
The Little League World Series Continues until August 26.