Our Town Dyersville: Dreams Keeper

By Travis Bockenstedt, Our Town Producer

DYERSVILLE - Many people know Dyersville because of a famous baseball field.

Nearly 20 years after hitting the big screen, visitors still come to see the famous Field of Dreams baseball field. For some, playing baseball on this field is truly a dream come true, and keeping that dream alive is a full time job.

It's not a common job you'll find in rural Iowa, maintaining a baseball diamond in the middle of a corn field. But for Field of Dreams owner Don Lansing, this is his summer job.

"After the first couple of years I knew it was going to be here for a long time because it means so much to the people who come," said Don Lansing, Field of Dreams owner.

Nearly twenty years after Hollywood hit the small town of Dyersville, thousands still come to see the field. For many coming to the field has been a lifelong dream. And David Higgs and his son are sharing that dream together.

"I can just picture Shoeless Joe, those players out here playing ball with the natural beauty and the peacefulness it brings back a lot of good memories," said Higgs.

Memories kept alive with countless hours of care and dedication.

"I was one of the few kids in the world who got to mow the Field of Dreams, that would be a good title on my resume I think. But I probably will never go into the field of landscaping, so it wont help at all," said Jack Mescher, groundskeeper.

And its that sense of pride that will keep those dreams alive for generations to come.

"As long as I enjoy it and people enjoy it, I think its going to live forever," said Lansing.
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