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Napoleon Dynamite generates cash for small Idaho farm town

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PRESTON, Idaho - "Napoleon Dynamite," the hit film about the sleepy farm town of Preston on the Utah border has generated $1 million for local merchants.

"Napoleon Dynamite," a low-budget, feel-good comedy centered around an awkward teenager played by Jon Heder, has coasted into cult-status. The film also has spawned a cottage industry of "Napoleon Dynamite" memorabilia in Preston. Store owners sell "Vote for Pedro Shirts," hats that say "Preston:Home of Napoleon Dynamite," many other Napoleon wares.

The chamber of commerce has donated money it made on Napoleon gear to fund the town's second-annual Napoleon Dynamite Film Festival. About 400 people attended this weekend's festival, down from 6,000 in 2005.

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