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My Little Pony's not just for 10-year-old girls anymore

Bronies, other fans heading to Midwestria

September 05, 2012|By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey | For RedEye

When Midwestria, a My Little Pony convention, comes to town next week, more than just 10-year-old girls will be representing. Fans called "bronies" and "pegasisters," adults who love the toys and show "Friendship is Magic" also will be riding in.

Bronies, who are becoming something of a cult phenomenon, have made it into New York Times articles and "The Colbert Report," and count among their members Andrew W.K., who's said he relates to the character Pinkie Pie on "Friendship is Magic." Fan sites like Equestria Daily and Ponychan are full of My Little Pony videos, fan fiction and news.

Midwestria will be held Sept. 14-16 at Pheasant Run resort in St. Charles, and will include panel speakers, a charity 5K run, balls, karaoke and an exhibit hall. Pre-registration tickets are available until Sept. 7 and cost $40, but one-day tickets the day of the event run from $10 (for a single-day pass on Sunday) to $45 for entrance to all three days.

Visit Midwestria's web site for more information or to register.

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