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Next ‘Fest: May 30-31, 2020 | Crowne Plaza Louisville Hotel

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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 31st 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 2020 GUESTS

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SUZIE PLAKSON

SUZIE PLAKSON

Actress, Star Trek: TNG, Star Trek Voyager, Enterprise, Mad About You, Everybody Loves Raymond, Dinosaurs

CHARLIE BAILEY

CHARLIE BAILEY

Legendary ILM Model Maker: Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Back to the Future trilogy, Galaxy Quest

MISTY ROSAS

MISTY ROSAS

Suit Performer: The Mandalorian, Actress, Stunts, Motion Capture, Singer, Songwriter

ALEC GILLIS

ALEC GILLIS

Special FX & Creature Design, Alien 3, Starship Troopers, Jurassic World, Tremors

MARTA KRISTEN

MARTA KRISTEN

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

MARK GODDARD

MARK GODDARD

Actor: Lost in Space, Johnny RIngo, The Doctors, One Life to Live

WILLIAM STOUT

WILLIAM STOUT

Paleo Artist & Production Design, Return of the Living Dead

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

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Tickets

Sold at the door only.
Adults: $33 for 1-day, $48 for 2-days.
Ages 4 to 12: $12 for 1-day, $18 for 2-days
Age 3 and under free.
Ticket booth hours…

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Hotel & Restaurant

Special WonderFest room rates at the Crowne: $128 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, May 30th, 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 823 entries in 2019, it took up the entire ballroom and featured some of the best modeling we’ve ever seen.

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!
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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.
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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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2 days ago

WonderFest USA

RETURNING GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT
Artist WILLIAM STOUT is returning for 2020! From underground comix and album art from the LA rock scene to movie posters and production design to consistently dazzling the world of paleo-art and dinosaur science, Bill is a master. We're honored to have his art on our t-shirts, too!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2020 #williamstout #goodlizardman #paleoart #Wizards
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RETURNING GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT
Artist WILLIAM STOUT is returning for 2020! From underground comix and album art from the LA rock scene to movie posters and production design to consistently dazzling the world of paleo-art and dinosaur science, Bill is a master. Were honored to have his art on our t-shirts, too!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2020 #williamstout #goodlizardman #paleoart #wizards

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He is great guy and wonderful artist!

It wouldn't be Wonderfest without Bill.

Bill who? 😉❤️

4 days ago

WonderFest USA

NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENTS!
We're thrilled to welcome back Mark Goddard and Marta Kristen! Best known to fans as Major Don West and Judy Robinson from the classic series LOST IN SPACE, Mark and Marta are appearing as part of RoboCon at WonderFest 2020. Marta is sponsored by ScifiMetropolis in association with The B9 Builder Club...while Mark is sponsored by The Jupiter Experience.

Find all the show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2020 #donandjudy #lostinspace #scifimetropolis #b9builders #jupiterexperience
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NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENTS! 
Were thrilled to welcome back Mark Goddard and Marta Kristen! Best known to fans as Major Don West and Judy Robinson from the classic series LOST IN SPACE, Mark and Marta are appearing as part of RoboCon at WonderFest 2020. Marta is sponsored by ScifiMetropolis in association with The B9 Builder Club...while Mark is sponsored by The Jupiter Experience.

Find all the show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2020 #donandjudy #lostinspace #scifimetropolis #b9builders #jupiterexperience

Comment on Facebook

Will there be a special collection of the B-9 robots?

Fantastic!! Way to go Wonderfest!!

Remember Mark Goddard in a really good episode of Adam 12.

I'll see Mark at the bar. Birds of a feather.

Awesome!!!

My favorite pair from the show!! Cool!

Matthew Stiles

Cooper Ray Smith, check this out!

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7 days ago

WonderFest USA

NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT
Come celebrate 40 years of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK with original ILM model maker Charlie Bailey! Charlie joined the STAR WARS universe as a model maker for EPISODE V, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, with the miniature and optical effects unit with the burgeoning ILM (Industrial Light and Magic).

His credits quickly grew to include EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI, INDIANA JONES, THE ROCKETEER, BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy, SPACEBALLS, GALAXY QUEST, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, in addition to many more! Charlie will be sharing stories from his time at ILM at WonderFest. We're so honored to have him!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2020 #empireturns40 #ilmmodelmaker #starwars #empirestrikesback #wonderfesthobbyexpo
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NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT
Come celebrate 40 years of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK with original ILM model maker Charlie Bailey! Charlie joined the STAR WARS universe as a model maker for EPISODE V, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, with the miniature and optical effects unit with the burgeoning ILM (Industrial Light and Magic).

His credits quickly grew to include EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI, INDIANA JONES, THE ROCKETEER, BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy, SPACEBALLS, GALAXY QUEST, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, in addition to many more! Charlie will be sharing stories from his time at ILM at WonderFest. Were so honored to have him!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2020 #empireturns40 #ilmmodelmaker #starwars #empirestrikesback #wonderfesthobbyexpo

Comment on Facebook

This is a great guest speaker. Question. Any chance John Eaves will make an appearance?

Great news!

Awesome news

Can’t wait!

Kevin, be thinking about that weekend...

Nick Nix

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1 week ago

WonderFest USA

Bad news from Garage Kit.US Colors:Okay ... we might as well just RIP the bandaid off all at once, as there's never an easy way to do these sorts of things.

Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to have to cancel our class at Wonderfest this year.

I wanted to make this announcement as early as possible, so that anyone that was waiting for our class, can sign up for any of the other 3 terrific classes being offered by the show, before they all fill up.

The problem (believe it or not) is the coronavirus. The Avia bust which we were going to use for the class is being printed in China by Ownage. Right now the entire country has been shut down since late January in an effort to try to stop the spread of the virus which has killed over 2000 people to date.

The piece is in the final stages of completion, but due to the shut down, it's probably not going to get to us until early to mid March at the earliest.

That would basically give me 8 to 10 weeks mold, cast, paint, and do all the prep-work for the class. I'm sorry, but I just don't want to put myself through that level of stress again. Simply put, I’m not a young man any longer.

On the bright side, there will be 2 tutorials done for this piece ... a PDF tutorial done by Annya, and a video tutorial done by John Ficchi of Vince Vell Customs, AND we will still have it available at our tables for sale.

I'm sincerely sorry to the Staff and Crew of Wonderfest, I advised them of the situation this morning, but this is simply something that is really beyond anyone's control.

We will still be at Wonderfest, in our usual tables with lots of new goodies to see and shop for, so there's that.
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