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Magic in an Iowa Cornfield
Rick Lipsey
April 01, 1996
The farmland of the Field of Dreams is now a mecca for fans of all ages
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April 01, 1996

Magic In An Iowa Cornfield

The farmland of the Field of Dreams is now a mecca for fans of all ages

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After returning home to Boulder, Colo., Becky, 42, stayed in contact with Don, a lifelong bachelor. Soon, she was flying to Iowa to visit him on weekends. On July 26 they became engaged. "It's very weird," admits Becky. "But that field is a magnet for happiness."

The Ameskamps and the Lansings work hard to maintain the field's pristine look and aura. They do the groundskeeping themselves. They won't allow billboards or corporate shindigs, and they no longer allow the filming of commercials. They also no longer allow weddings, which is why Don and Becky were married at Dyersville's Basilica of St. Francis Xavier on Feb. 10. There is no admission charge at the Field of Dreams, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 1 through the end of October. But the Lansings and the Ameskamps operate separate souvenir stands, the proceeds from which offset the maintenance costs.

"We try to give everybody what they saw in the film," says Al Ameskamp. "If we ever sold out, turned this into anything like a major league place, nobody would come. The dream would be over."

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