It's official - Springfield, Vermont, has been designated as the official home of Homer Simpson's family. Fourteen towns named Springfield responded to a call from 20th Century Fox studio asking them to prove their town should be chosen as the "real" Springfield. Each submitted a video that was posted on USA TODAY's website, where readers voted for their favorite. At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, Vermont was named the winner. As a result, the town of 9,300 will host the official The Simpsons Movie premiere at its own Springfield Movie Theatre, July 21, with the movie's filmmakers on hand to walk the yellow carpet.
With Springfield located just 15 miles from Okemo Mountain Resort, it's only natural that skateboarding (and probably snowboarding) Bart Simpson and the rest of Homer's clan would consider Okemo their home mountain. In celebration of the naming of Springfield, Vermont, as the Simpson's "real" town, Okemo is extending lifetime season passes to Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie.
When asked by a member of the media, how Okemo would "establish the real Simpsons," Okemo's public relations director responded, "DOH! Despite the fact that the real Simpsons are two-dimensional cartoon characters (a sure giveaway), we will require valid identification from Homer and his family when they show up to claim their Okemo lifetime season passes."
My favorite quote through all of this Simpsons-mania was that of Vermont Governor Jim Douglas; " to all other Springfields, I say don't have a cow man." Cheers.