Some of the country's top slow pitch softball teams are gathering in Blount County this weekend for the 49th annual Smoky Mountain Classic.

The Classic starts with a showcase of the sluggers in the Home Run Derby Thursday night.

Games start Friday morning at 10 a.m., and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. A total of 34 teams are in the tournament brackets.

Games will be played at six fields in Maryville and Alcoa.

Admission is $6 Friday and Saturday, and $5 Sunday. Children ages 6 and under are free.