Springfield, Oregon, adds "The Simpsons" to its downtown walk of murals
Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson) kicks off the dedication ceremony
The City of Springfield, Oregon, is partnering with "The Simpsons" to bring the first family of television to its downtown walk of murals.
Sanctioned by "The Simpsons" creator and Oregonian Matt Groening, the mural will be painted on the side of the Emerald Arts Center in the heart of downtown Springfield. It will be unveiled Monday, Aug. 25, during a block party dedication on Fifth and Main streets in downtown Springfield.
The Simpsons live in the fictional town of Springfield - given Groening's Oregon roots, the location is often associated with Springfield, Oregon.
Special guest Yeardley Smith, comedic actress and voice of Lisa Simpson, will be in Springfield to celebrate the mural, sign autographs and take questions during the event.
In the milestone 26th season opener of "The Simpsons," airing Sunday, Sept. 28 (8 p.m.), on FOX, the unthinkable happens: a Springfield resident dies. Also, Krusty (Dan Castellaneta) retires after he's offended by a comedy cable channel roast of him, and Lisa tries to protect Homer (Castellaneta) from getting hurt.
This free, family-friendly event will start at 11:30 a.m., when Fifth Street will be closed between Main and A streets, with a community block party, including a tuba band, doughnuts, chalk art and more. At noon, Smith and city officials will dedicate the mural, followed by a Q&A session with Smith and "The Simpsons" artist Julius Preite.
On Thursday, Aug. 21, the mural will begin to be installed on the west side of the Emerald Arts Center by the team at Old City Artists - owned by former University of Oregon Duck Erik Nicolaisen.