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20th annual 'It's a Wonderful Life' festival in Seneca Falls draws in big crowds

20th annual 'It's a Wonderful Life' festival in Seneca Falls draws in big crowds

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. --The "It's a Wonderful Life Festival' is taking over Seneca Falls.

The town has long been known as 'The Real Bedford Falls,' the fictitious setting for the 1946 film.

This year is the 20th annual "It's a Wonderful Life" festival and they are going all out to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the release of the movie.

In addition, all three of the surviving Bailey children will be at the festival this year including Karolyn Grimes who played Zuzu.

The museum has been opened since 2010 and Grimes was the one who spearheaded the effort to get have it set up in Seneca Falls. She also donated the original memorabilia and every year the collection seems to grow.

"People love this movie so much they keep it in their hearts and they want to share in the festivities and all the other people that love this film during the holiday festival. It's wonderful," Karolyn Grimes said.

A person who works at the "It's a Wonderful Life" museum said that Frank Capra, the director of the film, was asked several times where Bedford falls was located. Capra would answer that it could be any small town.

However, most believe the fictional town was based off Seneca falls.

The festival will take place all weekend long and is expected to draw in big crowds. One of the administrator's at the museum said this is the busiest weekend of the year and that the festival has become a big economic boom for the city. For more information on the festival click here.

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