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WHAT IS WONDERFEST?

A weekend of wonder in Louisville!

WonderFest is a weekend of hobby escape that’s held every Summer in Louisville, Kentucky USA!

Now in its 30th year, WonderFest features movie special effects guests, the largest model contest in the U.S. for sci-fi, horror & comics-related subjects, model and toy dealers galore, and seminars to entertain and improve hobbyists of all ages!

It’s always held at our mothership, the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209.

MEET THE 2019 GUESTS

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MARTA KRISTEN

MARTA KRISTEN

Actress: Lost in Space, Man from U.N.C.L.E, Murphy Brown

DON FRYE

DON FRYE

Actor: Godzilla: Final Wars, Miami Vice, Public Enemies

THOMAS KUNTZ

THOMAS KUNTZ

Sculptor, Automata Creator

DAREN DOCHTERMAN

DAREN DOCHTERMAN

Concept Artist, Visual Effects, Art Direction

CRAIG LINDBERG

CRAIG LINDBERG

Makeup/Effects: Walking Dead, The Tick, SNL

JAY LEISTEN

JAY LEISTEN

Comic Artist: Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Return of Wolverine

FRANK DIETZ

FRANK DIETZ

Actor, Writer, Animator, Producer, Director

JOHN EAVES

JOHN EAVES

Production Illustrator

WILLIAM STOUT

WILLIAM STOUT

Paleo Artist & Production Design, Return of the Living Dead

KEN PALKOW

KEN PALKOW

Propmaker: Altered Carbon, Deadpool 2, Star Trek Beyond

ERIC CHU

ERIC CHU

Designer-Illustrator: Battlestar Galactica, Droids, Firestorm

RICK STERNBACH

RICK STERNBACH

Designer, Star Trek TMP, Voyager, DS9, Last Starfighter

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

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Tickets

Sold at the door only.
Adults: $30 for 1-day, $45 for 2-days.
Ages 4 to 12: $10 for 1-day, $15 for 2-days
Age 3 and under free.
Ticket booth hours…

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Hotel & Restaurant

Special WonderFest room rates at the Crowne: $124 per night for up to 4 people! It’s convenient to stay in the show hotel with an award-winning restaurant
Reserve a room online…

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Louisville Attractions

Bring your family and take extra time to visit exciting tourism sites in and around Louisville. Go exploring the Bourbon Trails and more.
Fun in Louisville…

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THE AMAZING MODEL CONTEST

Greatest in the World for Imaginative Modelers!

The WonderFest “Amazing” Model Contest is focused on all types of science-fiction, horror and comics models. It’s the biggest contest of its type in America, and it’s fun to look at even if you don’t build models yourself!

The contest is sponsored by Amazing Figure Modeler magazine, which is providing a special $300 award for the Most Amazing Figure!

Entry Hours:  Saturday, June 1st, from 8 a.m. ’til Noon

  • $10.00 per first 2 models for adults, up to 8 additional entries free
  • $8.00 per first 2 models for teens, up to 8 add’l entries free (ages 13-19)
  • Free for ages 12 & under

With over 700 entries in 2018, it took up the entire ballroom and featured some of the best modeling we’ve ever seen.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

MAY 31 & JUNE 1-2, 2019

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1DEALER ROOMS OPEN10A-5PDealer A & B
2HOW-TO DEMOS11A-5PElliott, Franklin, Grant
3GUEST TALKS10A-4:30PTheaters A & B
4CONTEST ENTRIES8A-NoonCoronet
5CONTEST VIEWINGNoon-5PCoronet
6RONDO AWARDS5P-7PTheater A
7CHILLER CINEMA LIVE7P-11PTheater B
8RoboCon at WonderFest10AM-5PMDealer A
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1DEALER ROOMS OPEN10A-5PDealer A & B
2HOW-TO DEMOS10A-2PElliott, Franklin, Grant
3CONTEST VIEWING10A-3PCoronet
4GUEST TALKS10A-3PTheaters A & B
5CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY3P-4PTheater B
6ROBOCON AT WONDERFEST 10AM-5PMDealer A
7WONDERFEST WRAP PARTY7:30PTheater A

MUST-SEE PROGRAMMING

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How-To Demos

All weekend! Learn techniques from other great modelers! Demos last from 30 minutes to an hour. Become a better modeler!
More info…

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Iron Modeler

Teams are given a “base model,” a big pile of parts, and 4 hours to build the craziest model with only what they’ve got. Best model & presentation wins!
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The Rondo Awards

5pm Saturday! Fandom’s only classic horror awards—decided by fans. Recognize the best in print, film, web, art, media, toys and models!
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Sunday Wrap Party

Sunday night at 7:30 celebrate the end of the show with exclusive programming! Optional a la carte food and cash bar.
More info…

HIGHLIGHTS FROM WONDERFEST 2018

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THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

They help make this event possible!

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WONDERFEST LATEST NEWS

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1 week ago

WonderFest USA

MODELERS: Fill out your Amazing Model Contest entry forms in advance!

Form goes “live” at 12 noon EDT tomorrow, Friday, April 19th!

Our Online Entry Form tool lets you fill in and print your entry forms in advance. Then just bring them with you and pay your entry fees at the door. Save time and prevent handwriting interpretation mistakes.

Visit our Amazing Model Contest page at: wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/contest/
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MODELERS: Fill out your Amazing Model Contest entry forms in advance!

Form goes “live” at 12 noon EDT tomorrow, Friday, April 19th!

Our Online Entry Form tool lets you fill in and print your entry forms in advance. Then just bring them with you and pay your entry fees at the door. Save time and prevent handwriting interpretation mistakes.

Visit our Amazing Model Contest page at: https://wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/contest/

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Don't hesitate to bring your out of the box builds! TAG Team Hobbies of Colorado sponsors Best Out of the Box Mecha and Best Out of the Box Spaceship. No builds go un-noticed!

Got my forms filled out!

Entry # 1028! Whooo hoooo

Oh! And all you teens bring yer stuff, too! Iwata-Medea sponsors Best Teen!

3 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

We're pleased to officially announce TAG Team & Iwata's SciFi Modeling School Episode III: Return of the Rebels.

It’s a day-long workshop on Friday, May 31st, from 9am to 4pm. Learn airbrush techniques you can use for spaceships and just about any other modeling subject: aging, paint chipping and more. A primed Revell Last Jedi Millennium Falcon will be the starter kit. Limited to the first 12 paid students.

Find more details and registration links here: www.tagteamhobbies.com/wonderfest2019.html
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Were pleased to officially announce TAG Team & Iwatas SciFi Modeling School Episode III: Return of the Rebels. 

It’s a day-long workshop on Friday, May 31st, from 9am to 4pm. Learn airbrush techniques you can use for spaceships and just about any other modeling subject: aging, paint chipping and more. A primed Revell Last Jedi Millennium Falcon will be the starter kit. Limited to the first 12 paid students.  

Find more details and registration links here: http://www.tagteamhobbies.com/wonderfest2019.html

Comment on Facebook

Strong with the ways of the airbrush the instructors are, skilled you will become.

Join us - We're going to have so much fun in this class!

All ready signed up. Looking forward to the class

Great way to spend a day! Learn something and make some friends in the process!

Only 5 seats left!

Just registered! 4th year in a row.

ONLY 6 SEATS LEFT!!!

Falcon! 😍

3 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

We want to remind everyone that the talented THOMAS KUNTZ is making his first-ever WonderFest appearance on June 1-2, 2019. (Appearance sponsored by Stephen & Christine Smith.)

Thomas was among the first American Garage Kit makers and the first to produce faithful sculptures of German silent classics and many others.

His figures and automata have found their way into the collections of some of the entertainment industry’s elite. This video will give you a peek at some of Thomas's artistry: vimeo.com/234339484This is "Clockwork Monsters : The Art and Automata of Thomas J. Kuntz" by Ronni Thomas on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love…
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Holy c’moly!!!! I’m super excited

Can't Wait!!

Worth the price of admission....

Thomas will be a very welcomed guest!!

Great news.

2 months ago

WonderFest USA

NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: Please welcome back one of our nicest guests ever: the delightful Marta Kristen. Best known as the original "Judy Robinson" in TV's LOST IN SPACE, Marta has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies, such as ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, BEACH BLANKET BINGO, MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., MANNIX, MURPHY BROWN, and even the LOST IN SPACE movie in 1998. She also appeared in more than 40 commercials. Marta Kristen's appearance is sponsored by CultTVman!

Find all the WonderFest details at: www.wonderfest.com
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NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT:  Please welcome back one of our nicest guests ever: the delightful Marta Kristen. Best known as the original Judy Robinson in TVs LOST IN SPACE, Marta has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies, such as ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, BEACH BLANKET BINGO, MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., MANNIX, MURPHY BROWN, and even the LOST IN SPACE movie in 1998. She also appeared in more than 40 commercials. Marta Kristens appearance is sponsored by CultTVman!

Find all the WonderFest details at: www.wonderfest.com

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I was fortunate the last time Marta was there to escort her outside during a fire alarm. We had a nice chat! Hope to spend time talking to her this year!

Wasn't there an announced JUPITER 2 AND CHARIOT model that was never released?

Would love to meet her, but I live in new Zealand. 😦

Awesome 👍👍👍👍👍

I really should go. I'm closer than Steve Iverson is...

She is wonderful --no pun intended.

She was great when I met her there!

Wonderful news!!!

Matthew Stiles

One of my favorite wonderfest guest ever

Awesome!

Fantastic!

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