Kevin Costner in Dyersville for Field of Dreams 25th anniversary
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Kevin Costner enjoys a nostalgic moment, sitting on the Field of Dreams front porch swing.
Thousands of people have flocked to Dyersville this weekend for the 25th anniversary celebration of the Field of Dreams movie.
The two-day event, taking place at the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville, kicked off Friday afternoon, as movie-lovers and baseball-lovers alike gathered at the iconic field to "have a catch" and meet some stars.
Field of Dreams star Kevin Costner is in town, as well as Dwier Brown, the man who played the father of Costner's character, and Timothy Busfield, the actor who played Costner's character's naysaying brother-in-law.
NBC Sports' Bob Costas was also on the field Friday evening and led a Q-&-A panel about the film with those three actors.
The film premiered 25 years ago, and its movie site still draws thousands of people each year.
"It connects to people. Baseball has a long history," Costas said. "There's something about the feeling that not everyone but millions and millions of people have about baseball and the way it connects generations and sometimes connects parents to children, that's captured in this movie."
He also said the film is about more than baseball.
"Is it a baseball story? Sure it is. But it's a story about a lot of things. A story about family, a story about second chances, a story about taking risks, a story about crazy dreams, a story about things that don't make sense logically but make sense emotionally," Costas said. "It's all those things."
Costas took some time Friday evening to play catch with fans and pose for photos.
Fans also buzzed as they spotted Costner around the film's farmhouse prior to the Q-&-A session. At one point, he enjoyed a nostalgic moment with his family on the front porch swing, just like in the film.
Donna Hettlage drove up with her family from the Quad Cities for the event.
"It's awesome seeing such a legend of an actor, you know, such an iconic film like the Field of Dreams," Hettlage said, standing beside her nine-year-old daughter. "Even my children-- I mean, the movie is 25 years old and they love it! It's one of our favorite movies."
Ann Anhalt, who drove in from Des Moines, was excited to get a picture with Busfield.
"I saw Timothy Busfield up there, and I just went over there and got my picture taken with him. That was pretty cool," Anhalt said.
Event organizers predicted the celebration would bring more than 11,000 people to the Dyersville area over a two-day period.
Dyersville police chief Brent Schroeder said the Dyersville Police are working alongside the Iowa State Patrol, Dubuque County Sheriff's office and a private security company to make sure traffic keeps moving around town and to make sure everyone is safe.
"We look forward to these days. We like having a lot of people come out and enjoy what we have here in our town," Schroeder said.
Members of the Dyersville Police Department aren't the only ones preparing for a busy weekend.
Mary Kay Lueck owns Country Junction restaurant located right off of Highway 20 in Dyersville. She said she's excited for a busy weekend.
"In the early years of the Field of Dreams, this is something that was on a daily basis. We were just always busy from 11 a.m. to 2 in the afternoon. We were just geared up the entire day and that would filter into the evening," Lueck said.
Lueck said she plans to have a full staff over the weekend.
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