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Star-Filled Field Of Dreams Anniversary Celebration In Dyersville, Iowa

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The small northeastern Iowa town of Dyersville is expected to swell three times its normal size over the weekend to celebrate what has become a classic movie about baseball. Organizers of the event say 11,000 people are expected to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of the release of the Field of Dreams.

Visitors will return to the same Iowa farm where much of the 1989 movie was shot. They'll get to see some of the actors from the movie, like Kevin Costner, who played Ray Kinsella. In the movie, Costner's character hears a voice that tells him to plow over part of his crop and build a baseball field. The field eventually hosts games played by the ghosts of baseball greats, including Kinsella's own father.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad speaks Friday at 8 p.m. and plans to proclaim it Field of Dreams Day.
NBC's Bob Costas will host a question-and-answer session with cast members from the movie around 8:30 p.m. Then at 9 p.m., the movie will be shown on the actual field where it was filmed 25 years ago. NBC's Matt Lauer was also scheduled to attend, but ran into weather delays at the airport and had to cancel.   

A shuttle started bringing people with reserve tickets to the site Friday afternoon. Tickets to the celebrity appearances are sold out.  Saturday's schedule of events includes "have a catch" on the field for families and concerts with the Gin Blossoms and Joan Jet. The site is closed to those without reserved tickets for events on Friday and Saturday, but will reopen to the public on Father's Day.

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