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A small town in Vermont braces for Simpson mania

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Vermont: The land of beer and d'ohnuts? The Green Mountain State has a new distinction: Winner of the nationwide contest to host the premier of The Simpsons Movie. For those unfamiliar with the long-running, animated TV show, it's set in the town of Springfield, but the state is never named. And because almost all 50 states have a Springfield, it could be anywhere. The movie's producers asked all Springfields to enter a contest determining where the premier would be held. Fourteen towns entered with video submissions highlighting their similarities to the cartoon town and Springfield, Vermont beat out several larger cities. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and the rest of the Simpsons menagerie will hit the silver screen Saturday, July 21, and open nationally July 27. Jonathan Brown asked town manager Bob Forguites how townsfolk got out the vote.

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