Ponyville Ciderfest has released an awesome new SFM animation for their upcoming event, following the same theme as the Hearthstone "Old Gods" Expansion trailer with Glimglam as the troll.
Go get that and tons more info below!
It’s finally fall and you know what that means! The leaves are starting to turn from green to red and orange. The air is getting crisp and cool (well, for some). And Ponyville Ciderfest 2016 is right around the corner!
We’re just a couple weeks away from seeing everyone again in Milwaukee for our third edition. And before we all get together, there’s a few more things we need to tell you about.
First, check out our promo video for this year’s Ponyville Ciderfest. It’s made by SFM animator Adamtheamazing64 (@AdamAta64) and features the voice talent of itsannachloem! The video features Starlight Glimmer in a tavern and is based on the Whispers of the Old Gods Cinematic Trailer, setting the mood for the spooky theme of this year’s event with a small tale of what attendees can expect. The voice acting in the promo is even Kelly Sheridan approved!
Next, we want to tell you that this Sunday, October 16th is the last day you are able to buy a sponsor badge this year! We still have a few Celestial, Alicorn, Super Sparkle, and Spike Sponsor badges available, but there’s not too many left, so grab them before they’re gone and enhance your experience at Ponyville Ciderfest 2016!
There’s also quite a few special events to tell you about:
- Think you’re one of the best bakers in all the land? Have a chance to prove it during our Apple Charity Bake Off! You can enter pies, brownies, muffins, cakes, candies, and cookies. Entry into the event is free, and the winner will receive a free pass to the VIP Cocktail Hour! Judging will take place Friday afternoon at 3:00 P.M. Afterwards, everyone can sample the goodies in the contest for a donation. All proceeds go to our charity partner for this year, Extra Life!
- You can spend An Intimate Evening of Dramatic Readings, Playful Discussions, and other Chaotic Surprises with Discord himself, John de Lancie! John has selected a piece of literature to be read for this very special event, which takes place Friday from 6:00 - 7:00 P.M. It has been described as “delightfully vulgar and absolutely brilliant.” Since the event is geared towards adults, so you must be 18 to enter. Those under 18 must have a guardian with them. Tickets are $20 per person, or free with Alicorn, Celestial, and Equestria Sponsor Badges!
- Put on your best clothes and dance shoes and come to the Grand Galloping Gala as the formal ball returns again this year! The event runs from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. on Friday. This year’s Gala will be DJ’ed by Technickel Pony and DJ Geekbrony. Tickets to the Gala are $25 each or as part of a sponsor badge package. With your ticket, you receive access to a panel on learning how to waltz, a formal waltz, hors d’oeuvres and light snacks, and a cash bar. All the proceeds from the Gala will go towards our charity partner for this year.
- Our VIP Cocktail Hour returns this year as well! Spend an hour with our Guests of Honor and have a couple drinks with them on Saturday night. The event runs from 8:00 - 9:00 P.M. Tickets cost $125, or free if you bought an Alicorn, Celestial, or Equestria Sponsor Badge. But hurry, there’s only 50 tickets available outside of sponsor badges, and many are already sold!
- Not only do our con-chairs run a fantastic convention, but they’re also fine connoisseurs of cider. Join them on Saturday night from 9:30 - 10:30 P.M. for an evening of learning about and sampling hard ciders at our Cider Appreciation Panel! Tickets are $10 each and go towards helping make Ponyville Ciderfest better for attendees. Must be 21+ to participate.
- Our Cosplay Contest returns again this year! The contest starts at 3:30 P.M. on Saturday. This year’s contest is hosted by SavvyShy from The Shakeups in Ponyville! Guest judges include Rose from Frozen Rose Cosplay, RaaBee, and Kirin-Chan Cosplay. Contestants can win prizes in categories like Best in Show, Workmanship, Youth, Best Likeness, and Judge’s Choice. The winner for Best in Show will receive a free pass to either the VIP Cocktail Hour or the Sponsor Dinner!
- Our Charity Auction this year will be hosted by none other than Big Jim Miller himself! The auction starts at 2:30 P.M. on Sunday and will benefit Extra Life! You can bid on one of a kind memorabilia and help support a great cause!
And finally, our schedule for panels and events during Ponyville Ciderfest is up and live! You can find out what is going on throughout the weekend and so much more. Plus, each panelist at Ponyville Ciderfest this year has their own profile page to check out. Give each one a click and learn more about the amazing people who are helping us bring fun activities and panels to the con!
Ponyville Ciderfest 2016 is just a couple weeks away, and we hope to see everyone in Milwaukee October 28-30!