Willamalane Presents a ‘Simpsons’ Springfield SummerFair

Homer Simpson takes a relaxing ride aboard a wrecking ball in THE SIMPSONS MOVIE. Photo credit: Matt Groening

Girl with painted faceThe “real” Springfield is embracing its role as the fictional home of “The Simpsons” by giving the show a leading role in Springfield SummerFair this year.

Willamalane Park and Recreation District’s Springfield SummerFair, presented by Dari Mart, returns to Island Park on July 10-11 with a full lineup of live music and special activities keyed to celebrate the city’s connection to Homer, Marge and the whole kooky family.

The Daddies perform with Stone in Love on Friday, July 10, and Saturday brings a free showing of “The Simpson’s Movie,” coming after a day of family activities presented in coordination with community groups and the National Night Out Kick-off Event.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. July 10 for concerts. The classic rock band Stone in Love opens at 6 p.m., and the Eugene-based Daddies salute the music of the legendary Rat Pack starting at 8 p.m. Concert admission for Friday night is $8 per person (free for ages 2 or younger).

Saturday’s admission is free with a donation of canned food for FOOD For Lane County. Families will experience hands-on activities from more than 40 community exhibitors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids will enjoy balloon clowns, pony rides, face painting and more.

Activities stretch into the evening with performances by steel drum band Maraval Road, “folk-fueled fungrass” from Gumbo Groove, cowboy tunes from Jacob Weber and more.

Eventgoers will get a chance to emulate their favorite characters in some creative ways on Saturday. People can:

  • Pose for a picture on the Simpsons couch;
  • Enter the Simpsons costume contest, set for 8:15 p.m.;
  • Get their hair (temporarily) dyed blue (a la Marge Simpson);
  • Chow down on donuts (a la Homer Simpson) in an eating contest at 8:30 p.m.;
  • And vie for “The Simpsons” trivia crown.

“The Simpsons Movie” plays on the big screen beginning at around 8:45 p.m. The film is rated PG-13.

Leading up to SummerFair, Willamalane conducts a social media treasure hunt of sorts that sees hundreds of people combing any number of Willamalane parks looking for the SummerFair Filbert Hunt squirrel. The squirrel antics start June 30 at willamalane.org and facebook.com/Willamalane.

Willamalane is also seeking volunteers to help with the festival. Contact Kim at 541-736-4520 to volunteer.

Bike valet service is available, and LTD is providing free rides to anyone with a concert wristband.

See the full schedule here