The Preston area has excellent schools, low unemployment, exceptional medical personnel, an outstanding health care facility, city and county governments, unsurpassed scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, and various cultural activities for the entire family. It also has unique characters that add to its vibrant fabric and culture.
Preston is famous worldwide for the hit movie “Napoleon Dynamite.” Preston, Idaho, became a tourist attraction for fans. People came from all over the world to take a tour. You can still tour the places featured in the Napoleon Dynamite movie.
In 2004, the Napoleon Dynamite comedy was filmed in Preston, Idaho. Many places in Preston can be seen throughout the film. The film’s creators, Jared and Jerusha Hess are from Preston, where Jared went to high school. Napoleon Dynamite movie became a huge hit, and Preston, Idaho, became a tourist attraction for fans. People came from around the world to tour Preston, including the High School and other places featured in the film.
Preston held Napoleon Dynamite Festival for several summers to celebrate Napoleon Dynamite. The festival included Tater Tot Eating Contests, Tetherball Tournaments, Moon Boot Dances, Look-A-Like Contests, and The Happy Hands Club performances. The interest in the festival died off, but people still stop by the many iconic locations when they are in the area. *Note: Many locations are private residents, so please do not trespass or annoy the occupants.
2024 marks the 20th anniversary of the film and there is a celebration in the works with other community groups (stay tuned for more details). Here are some links to recent articles:
20 years of Napoleon Dynamite: A look back at the cult classic and small Idaho town where it was filmed by Fox 13 Utah
Idaho Gem: Preston, Home of Napoleon Dynamite by Cotton Cashmere
Preston, Idaho: Home of Napoleon Dynamite by Idaho for 91 days
Other Articles About the Area:
15 Best Things to Do in Preston (Idaho) by Bart Meeuwesen