For years fans have wondered which of the many towns of Springfield was the one the Simpson family reside in. Practically every state in the nation has a Springfield, but The Simpsons writers and creators have been very careful not to reveal which city is the one the fictional town is based on.
Well, we may have just been given a big ol’ hint because it was announced this week that Springfield, Vt. beat out 13 other Springfields for the right to host the premiere of The Simpsons Movie. In fact, the city won the honor via an online contest it wasn't even invited to participate in.
The contest asked the cities to submit a film showing why their city would be the best place for the high-profile screening.
The town wasn’t originally part of the contest, but a local Chamber of Commerce executive appealed to movie producer 20th Century Fox and they submitted a video shot by a 17-year-old volunteer cameraman. The clip showed buildings with "Springfield" in them and featuring a guy playing Homer running through town chasing a big, pink, rolling doughnut.
So on July 21, the town's 100-seat movie theater will play the movie publicly for the first time.
And why not Vermont's Springfield? They have a bowling alley, a pub, a prison and a nuclear power plant!
"This is an exciting, exhilarating moment for Vermonters," Gov. Jim Douglas said. "Perhaps more importantly, it proves there's really nothing a giant doughnut can't do. To all the other Springfields, I say 'Don't have a cow, man.'"
And just so they don’t feel like complete losers, the other 13 Springfields that participated will get to have small screenings of their own the night before the movie opens nationwide July 27.
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