Springfield, Vt., Wins 'Simpsons' Premiere

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Fourteen cities named Springfield competed for the hometown premiere of the upcoming Simpsons movie. Each made a video extolling its Homer-like qualities. The winning town is Springfield, Vt.; population 9,300. It has all the essentials: a bowling alley, a pub and nuclear power plant.

JOHN YDSTIE, host:

Well, plenty of people feel hometown loyalty, whether it's in New Orleans or say that town from "The Simpsons."

(Soundbite of "The Simpsons" theme)

YDSTIE: Today's last word in business is Springfield pride. But which Springfield is it? Fourteen Springfields recently competed for the hometown premiere of the upcoming "Simpsons" movie. Each city made a video extolling its Homer-like qualities - or not.

Unidentified Children: We never let the Simpsons premiere their movie in Springfield, Missouri.

YDSTIE: That much is true. The winning town was announced yesterday - Springfield, Vermont - population 93,000. The town has all the essentials - a bowling alley, a pub and a nuclear power plant.

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