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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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PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

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Tickets

Buy your tickets at the door for one day or the whole weekend. Early Bird tickets get you into the dealer’s rooms 2 hours early!
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Hotel & Restaurant

Special WonderFest room rates in a fine hotel, with an award-winning restaurant. It’s so convenient to stay in the show hotel!
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Louisville Attractions

Bring your family and take extra time to visit exciting tourism sites in and around Louisville. Go exploring.
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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!

With 743 entries in 2017, it took up the entire ballroom and featured some of the best modeling we’ve ever seen.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

JUNE 1-2-3, 2018

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1Amazing Figure Modeler’s Model Boot Camp9A-5PTBA
2Badger / Black Heart Model Finishing Class9A-3PTBA
3TAG Team / Iwata Sci-Fi Modeling School9A-4PTBA
4Friday Night Welcome Party7P-9PMain Hallway
5Iwata Airbrush Party7P-10PMadison Room
6Friday Night Frights9P-11PTheater B
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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
8Wicked WonderFest Hallway Cosplay Contest1PM-5PMMain Hallway
9RobotWorks at WonderFest9AM-5PMGrant Room
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
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
6ROBOTWORKS AT WONDERFEST 9AM-5PMGrant Room
7WONDERFEST WRAP PARTY7:30PTheater A

MUST-SEE PROGRAMMING

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How-To Demos

Learn techniques from other great modelers! Demos last from 30 minutes to an hour. Become a better modeler with these tips and tricks.
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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

Fandom’s only classic horror awards—decided by fans, for 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 2016

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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 months ago

WonderFest USA

It is with extreme sadness that I give you the news that long time guest coordinator for Wonderfest Donnie Waddell has passed away. Donnie worked with us for many years before leaving to pursue other interests. He was far too young and passed after suffering a severe stroke and possible heart attack. We join with others in sending condolences to his family and his friends. With his passing I urge all our Wonderfest family to take care of themselves and to look after the others you love. Too many of us have left too soon. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Very sad to hear. Though I was never close friends with Donnie, we saw each other enough times at Wonderfest, and at other various places around town, to give each other the cordial nod and short conversation when passing. He was a quiet, friendly guy. I know this is a hard time for the Wonderfest family, and I will miss him as well.

Sorry to hear the news. Prayers for his family!

I’m so sorry for your loss 😢

Damn it.

Rest In Peace Donnie.

Well..... Rats... we exchanged emails about my large displays for 2019.. is anyone taking over the email end? - RIP Donnie

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I know Donnie's brother. They are good people.

Very sad. I had only met him this past WF . sobering reminder of how fragile life can be.

So sorry to hear this. <Insert huge hug here>

So sorry , i knew him as an aquiantence and he was always nice 🙁 it puts things in perspective if how fragile lufe is so so sad

Live, love and enjoy life as much as you can!

Rest in peace, Donnie. I learned the heard way a couple years back about being too young for a heart attack. Now, life has changed,but at least I am still here to enjoy it. Take care of yourselves, and go to the doctor.

Awful news. So sorry to hear this.

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2 months ago

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Many great Wonderfest friends at G fest this weekend. ... See MoreSee Less

Many great Wonderfest friends at G fest this weekend.Image attachment

2 months ago

WonderFest USA

Wonderfest on the road. Helping in the Make and Take room at G-fest.
Great fun!
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Wonderfest on the road. Helping in the Make and Take room at G-fest.
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