- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Local officials are finishing preparations for this weekend’s party celebrating the 25th anniversary of the “Field of Dreams” movie.

More than 11,000 people are expected to visit the field near Dyersville in northeast Iowa on Friday and Saturday, according to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald (http://bit.ly/1pjHMIb ). There will be several special events, including a cast reunion, celebrity softball game and question-and-answer session led by TV sportscaster Bob Costas.

Star Kevin Costner is expected to attend, as is Timothy Busfield, who played Costner’s brother-in-law in the film, along with Dwier Brown, who played Costner’s father, and Brian Frankish, the movie’s executive producer.

“It’s truly because this place almost has a life of its own,” said Denise Stillman, president of Go the Distance Baseball, which is developing a sports complex near the movie site. “We felt it was important to celebrate birthdays, like you celebrate birthdays for any of your family members.”

The movie was released in 1989 and has been embraced by Iowans, who connected with its story of a farmer who carved a baseball field out of his corn crop.

Events will begin Friday night with an address by Gov. Terry Branstad, followed by a panel discussion by several actors from the movie, led by Costas. The movie will be shown at the field at 9 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday night, Costas will perform with his band, Modern West.

Dwier Brown said he was looking forward to the events.

“Watching the movie on the field, to me, is going to be a real treat,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the whole weekend.”

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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