And the winner is… Vermont!


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The US community of Springfield, Vermont, has been proclaimed the official hometown of TV's favourite dysfunctional family, the Simpsons.

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The town beat 13 other Springfields for the honour, which includes hosting the premiere of The Simpsons Movie on July 21.

The town was a late entry. 20th Century Fox ran an online poll on the USA Today website inviting people to vote for their favourite of 14 videos submitted by the competing Springfields, who tried to show how much they are like the fictional Springfield.

Competition was fierce: Massachusetts got US Senator Edward Kennedy, the inspiration behind the voice of Mayor Quimby on "The Simpsons," to appear in its entry.

Vermont's Springfield – which has a bowling alley, a pub, a prison and a nuclear power plant just down the road – was not initially part of the contest, but a local Chamber of Commerce executive appealed to movie producer 20th Century Fox, and the race was on.

The town of 9,300 submitted a video shot by a 17-year-old volunteer cameraman and featuring Homer – played by a local talk-show host – running through town chasing a big, pink, rolling doughnut.

Eventually, a mob chases him into a movie theatre.

"We're so excited," said Patricia Chaffee, vice president of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. "We came in at the last minute, and for us to win, we feel like the underdogs, which makes this so big and so great for us."

Governor Jim Douglas issued a statement congratulating the town.

"This is an exciting, exhilarating moment for Vermonters," he said. "Perhaps more importantly, it proves there's really nothing a giant doughnut can't do."

According to USA Today, the 13 other Springfields will be given small screenings of their own the night before the movie opens nationwide July 27.


The US community of Springfield, Vermont, has been proclaimed the official hometown of TV's favourite dysfunctional family, the Simpsons.

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The town beat 13 other Springfields for the honour, which includes hosting the premiere of The Simpsons Movie on July 21.

The town was a late entry. 20th Century Fox ran an online poll on the USA Today website inviting people to vote for their favourite of 14 videos submitted by the competing Springfields, who tried to show how much they are like the fictional Springfield.

Competition was fierce: Massachusetts got US Senator Edward Kennedy, the inspiration behind the voice of Mayor Quimby on "The Simpsons," to appear in its entry.

Vermont's Springfield – which has a bowling alley, a pub, a prison and a nuclear power plant just down the road – was not initially part of the contest, but a local Chamber of Commerce executive appealed to movie producer 20th Century Fox, and the race was on.

The town of 9,300 submitted a video shot by a 17-year-old volunteer cameraman and featuring Homer – played by a local talk-show host – running through town chasing a big, pink, rolling doughnut.

Eventually, a mob chases him into a movie theatre.

"We're so excited," said Patricia Chaffee, vice president of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. "We came in at the last minute, and for us to win, we feel like the underdogs, which makes this so big and so great for us."

Governor Jim Douglas issued a statement congratulating the town.

"This is an exciting, exhilarating moment for Vermonters," he said. "Perhaps more importantly, it proves there's really nothing a giant doughnut can't do."

According to USA Today, the 13 other Springfields will be given small screenings of their own the night before the movie opens nationwide July 27.