A few weeks back, I took a Friday off and hopped in the car with a friend, heading east. Our destination for the weekend? Dyersville, Iowa—home of the Field of Dreams.
Constructed around a particularly picturesque farmhouse for the well-known 1989 Blockbuster, the Field of Dreams is arguably one of Iowa’s most famous roadside attractions. And over Father’s Day weekend, the Field celebrated its 25th anniversary, proving with celebrity appearances from Kevin Costner, Dwyer Brown and Timothy Busfield that “if you build it, they will come” back.
We arrived late on Friday afternoon and, after grabbing a quick bite to eat, headed to the Field for a cast Q&A, led by none other than Bob Costas, and a viewing of the film on the field. Bumping through the cornfields on the event shuttle (read: Dyersville’s public school bus), the first glimpse of the Field of Dreams is just as breathtaking in person as it is on film. Rounding a wooded corner, the field suddenly springs into view, an illuminated beacon set against stark Iowa farmland.
After the cast panel we purchased some snacks (the charm of small-town pricing and $1 never gets old) and wrapped ourselves in a blanket to watch the movie that helped launch Kevin Costner’s career on the field where it was filmed. We returned the following afternoon to watch the cast play in a celebrity baseball game, an event that was more fun and spirited than any actual game I’ve ever attended. If watching Bob Costas run the bases and Kevin Costner dive for fly balls doesn’t make you at least crack a smile, you’re probably not human.
Our entire weekend held the same aura of magic that makes “Field of Dreams” a classic 25 years later, causing me to non-ironically wonder on multiple occasions, “Is this heaven?” No, it’s Ben Costas and Kevin Costner playing baseball. So, actually, pretty close to heaven.
Field of Dreams, 28995 Lansing Road in Dyersville, Iowa