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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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DAREN DOCHTERMAN

DAREN DOCHTERMAN

Concept Artist, Visual Effects, Art Direction

FRANK DIETZ

FRANK DIETZ

Actor, Writer, Animator, Producer, Director

MARTIN BOWER

MARTIN BOWER

Movie & TV Model Maker

THOMAS KUNTZ

THOMAS KUNTZ

Sculptor, Automata Creator

JOHN EAVES

JOHN EAVES

Production Illustrator

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: $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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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
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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
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

From our Facebook feed...

6 days ago

WonderFest USA

Long-time WonderFest guest FRANK DIETZ is returning after an absence for our 30th--and we're delighted! Frank's had a busy year. A new movie comedy he wrote, I HATE KIDS, opens January 18th. He helped out animating the penguins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, and he starred in the radio comedy WHAT ABOUT BLOB? with Brian Howe, Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu from "Mystery Science Theater 3000."

Frank has a new book coming out in time for WonderFest, called "Damn Dirty Geeks Walk Among Us!" It's a collection of reviews and essays by Frank and his fellow podcast members on their favorite and not-so-favorite horror, sci-fi and fantasy films.

More guest announcements to come! For info about tickets, hotel and more, visit www.wonderfest.com.
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Long-time WonderFest guest FRANK DIETZ is returning after an absence for our 30th--and were delighted! Franks had a busy year. A new movie comedy he wrote, I HATE KIDS, opens January 18th. He helped out animating the penguins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, and he starred in the radio comedy WHAT ABOUT BLOB? with Brian Howe, Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Frank has a new book coming out in time for WonderFest, called Damn Dirty Geeks Walk Among Us! Its a collection of reviews and essays by Frank and his fellow podcast members on their favorite and not-so-favorite horror, sci-fi and fantasy films.

More guest announcements to come! For info about tickets, hotel and more, visit www.wonderfest.com.

 

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I’m so excited!!! He is the nicest guy!

Missed you last year Frank Dietz!

Nice! I may have to come up and see ya!

2 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

We're so happy that artist WILLIAM STOUT is returning for our 30th! There's really only one word to describe this long-time WonderFest guest artist, collaborator and friend: Legend.

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 has done it all as a master of all media.

A new collection of his incredible art has just been published, FANTASTIC WORLDS: THE ART OF WILLIAM STOUT. It's a must-have, and even includes art Bill has done for our WonderFest t-shirts!

More guest announcements to come! For info about tickets, hotel and more, visit www.wonderfest.com.
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Were so happy that artist WILLIAM STOUT is returning for our 30th! Theres really only one word to describe this long-time WonderFest guest artist, collaborator and friend: Legend. 

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 has done it all as a master of all media. 

A new collection of his incredible art has just been published, FANTASTIC WORLDS: THE ART OF WILLIAM STOUT. Its a must-have, and even includes art Bill has done for our WonderFest t-shirts!

More guest announcements to come! For info about tickets, hotel and more, visit www.wonderfest.com.

 

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Great news.

2 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

It's the new year--which means it's time to announce more guests for WonderFest 30, coming up June 1 & 2, 2019!

Nicest Guy in Showbiz/WonderFest fan fave/Nimrod Award winner JOHN EAVES beams down for another super show appearance this June!

Fresh from the publication of his just-released book, STAR TREK: THE ART OF JOHN EAVES, the man has a credit list that stretches from here to low earth orbit! He's been kept busy the past few years with design and illustration chores on STAR TREK DISCOVERY, ANT MAN AND THE WASP, STAR TREK BEYOND, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER... and GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS!

A master fx modeler, production and fine artist and pinup photographer(!) as well, John always delivers fascinating behind-the-scenes presentations to attendees and leaves us wanting more.

Visit www.wonderfest.com for all the latest show info! More guests to come!
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Its the new year--which means its time to announce more guests for WonderFest 30, coming up June 1 & 2, 2019!

Nicest Guy in Showbiz/WonderFest fan fave/Nimrod Award winner JOHN EAVES beams down for another super show appearance this June!

Fresh from the publication of his just-released book, STAR TREK: THE ART OF JOHN EAVES, the man has a credit list that stretches from here to low earth orbit! Hes been kept busy the past few years with design and illustration chores on STAR TREK DISCOVERY, ANT MAN AND THE WASP, STAR TREK BEYOND, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER... and GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS!

A master fx modeler, production and fine artist and pinup photographer(!) as well, John always delivers fascinating behind-the-scenes presentations to attendees and leaves us wanting more.

Visit www.wonderfest.com for all the latest show info! More guests to come!

 

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Nimrod? I thought he was a pretty nice guy. Incredible talent!

“There’s no Eaves in Bag End, and that’s a fact!” - Sam Gamgee

Oooh! Just got his book for Xmas. Guess I'll be bringing it...

Always great to see John!

Harold Wholf Sr., John Eng

Awesome great guy he missed last year

Can it be Wonderfest Yet?

Seriously considering flying out for the show this year!!

It'll be good to see john again.

Well I guess I will have to go to Wonderfest this year

Outstanding! Always a great guest and a good guy!

Brittany Stanicek! Mark your calendar

This guy again? 😉

Who is John Eaves???

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4 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

A little late getting this out, But once again Fine Scale Modeler has given us a little look at 2018’s wonderful show contest. Congrats to all who made the pages and to each and everyone of you who entered the contest with your fantastic work. And a big thanks to Fine Scale Modeler for once again featuring us in their fantastic publication. Go out and pick one up! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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The January 2008 was the best issue ever.

Being my first Wonderfest and having my work recognized. It was an amazing show. You get to see all kinds of model kits that are put together and painted by amazing artist. I got to meet friends and made new ones. If you are a modeler, you must try and get to this show.

I wonder why that Javelin Shuttle craft wasn’t featured? It was well designed, engineered, and built. Matt Jefferies would be so proud of it.

Must be every ten years

Actually not every ten years. We had this issue----there's also a small spread in the Holiday issue, and they had an excellent Sci-fi issue that previewed before WF 2018 (great timing!) that did us proud... :D

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1 month ago

WonderFest USA

First details announced for Amazing Figure Modeler's Friday workshop at WonderFest 2019: ... See MoreSee Less

First details announced for Amazing Figure Modelers Friday workshop at WonderFest 2019:

 

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Jason Banks cool 😎

Matt Lowe

Britny Ylisaari - you said you wanted to do a class this year

Scott Van Waterschoot

May have to attend this one

I want to attend but am not familiar with the term "reverse scale painting" at all. What does that mean?

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