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Set your phasers to fundraising and fun

If you've been pondering the age-old question – which is really better, Star Wars or Star Trek? – then you'll be in good company this weekend.

London Rogues Star Wars Fan Club is presenting the fifth annual science fiction and fantasy convention at the Gibraltar weekend market, 1712 Dundas St. on May 14-15.

With 10 local sci-fi/fantasy costume groups, and more than 100 people expected to dress in authentic costumes, it's a fun-filled weekend for anyone with a passion for the genre, said organizer Robert Appleton.

“It's a chance for the group to get out, show off their costumes and show off their groups with a table and display. People can get to know who they are,” he said.

Admission to the show is $5 (kids under 12 free), with proceeds going to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Appleton said it's the first time they've turned their event into the fundraiser.

“We want to see what we can get for the fibrosis,” he said. “Any help we can provide for them is great.”

And while exhibitors will be dressed in costume, can visitors dress up, too? Absolutely, says Appleton.

The following costume groups are expected to attend

  • London Rogues Star Wars Fan Club
  • 501 Canada and Rebel Legion, Star Wars costuming groups
  • Star Fleet London division, Star Trek
  • Crimson Wings, local Anime group
  • Woodstock Animanga
  • Camarilla/World of Darkness group, based on the vampire-themed role playing game
  • Geek Girls, all-girls costuming group
  • Ontario Ghostbusters
  • London Furry community, people who dress up as furry animals

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