Field of Dreams Makes Donation Instead of Celebration

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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Dyersville - It was two decades ago when a quiet Dubuque County farm turned into a bustling Hollywood set.

Today visitors continue to flock to the "Field of Dreams" movie site in Dyersville.

It's hard to believe it's been 20 years since actress Gabby Hoffman first said the line, "people will come". Now 20 years later, that line is still true. About 65-thousand people visit the movie site each season. But this year there will be no fan-fare to mark the big anniversary.

Volunteers at The Rural Community Food Pantry in Dyersville are struggling to keep food on the shelves.

Since the city was hit by the flood in June, requests for food have increased by 60 percent.

Volunteers say now that more and more people living in this area are being laid off, the need continues to grow.

That's why owners of The Field of Dreams say it would not be fiscally responsible to celebrate the site's success during this hard economic time.

Instead owners will donate five thousand dollars to the food pantry.

Pantry Volunteer, Bernice Thole said, "I think it's a great deal. It’s really nice of them to do that and it was quite a surprise to us and we are real happy with it."

Owners Don and Becky Lansing didn't want to comment on camera about their donation. Becky says making the donation is not that big of a deal, it's just the right thing to do.

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