‘My Little Pony’ fans celebrate friendship, loyalty at annual convention in SLC

Posted at 10:03 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-18 00:03:10-04

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Hundreds of fans of the cartoon show "My Little Pony" are gathered this weekend, and their goal is to celebrate the characters, the message, and the art from the kids' TV show, but many are adult men.

The Crystal Mountain Pony Con is in its fourth year. Convention president Shane Gray said the community of “Bronies” and “Pegisisters” grows every year. While it’s surprising to some, attendees say it’s really simple.

“I think it’s something that we can all relate to and that even us as adults need,” said Emily Poppleton. “They’re such simple messages.”

Messages of friendship, loyalty and honesty. They resonate with fans. Bronies admit the notion of admiring a kids' TV show sounds odd, but they don’t care.

“The Brony community is really big,” said Aubrey Poppleton. “It’s sparked a good audience.”

“These are some of the most generous, and most wonderful, people on the planet,” said animator CrikeyDave. “ I consider myself a part of them. I consider myself a Brony.”

The Crystal Mountain Pony Con will feature guest speakers, including writers from the TV show, panels, vendors and games. The convention runs through Saturday. More information is available by clicking here.