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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 2019 GUESTS

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SAM IRVIN

SAM IRVIN

Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Teacher

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

MARTIN BOWER

MARTIN BOWER

Movie & TV Model Maker

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, 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.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

MAY 31 & JUNE 1-2, 2019

#SessionTimeVenue
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 LIVE7:30P-11:30PTheater B
8RoboCon at WonderFest10AM-5PMDealer A
9Make & Take11AM-1PM, 2PM-4PMElliott Room
#SessionTimeVenue
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 PARTY7:30P-9:30PTheater 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!
More info…

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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!
More info…

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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

And so it has begun 2020 .............. ... See MoreSee Less

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"So let it be written, so let it be done".

I’m ready to book, let’s do this!

Can we just make it last a whole week? This past WF FLEW BY!

ready to book my room for next year so hurry up! 😉

any way we can get Ken Palkow and his cohort from SKS Props to do a day-long class on Friday? these guys are awesome!!

Im just glad the show is not the same weekend my son graduates

Next year my husband turns 50, and his birthday is usually with in a day of Wonderfest. I want to have a party for him. Or at least celebrate his Birthday at wonderfest.

Can we move it along? SOme of us are jonesing

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2 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

Incredible things happen at this show! So many great people.
So much fun and comradeship. And then someone really
shows you that the effort matters. Ken Palkow, a master at
Prop construction and weapons gifted me a pair of castings
of Ryan Reynolds Desert Eagles from Deadpool 2. It was truly a grand gesture. What a memory of the 30th!
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Incredible things happen at this show! So many great people.
So much fun and comradeship. And then someone really
shows you that the effort matters. Ken Palkow, a master at
Prop construction and weapons gifted me a pair of castings
of Ryan Reynolds Desert Eagles from Deadpool 2. It was truly a grand gesture. What a memory of the 30th!

Comment on Facebook

Good luck at the airport!

That’s awesome!

What a great gift!

Great presentation

Awesome!!!!

SMILE! 😀

Dose Ken have a Facebook or web page? Found him but not his prop page? Saw him at Wonderfest, cool stuff.

Kens work is out standing

Very cool

Sooooooooo jealous.

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2 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

TONIGHT! The 30th Anniversary Wrap Party at 7:30pm! Kick back and celebrate the close of an incredible WonderFest weekend. Choose to eat at the event ala carte, take advantage of the cash bar, or just come for the fun programming! It’s a chance to hang with friends before everyone heads home for another year.

After dinner, comedian Sean Keller will bring lightsabers and laughs with a 15-minute excerpt from “I-VIII: A One Man Show” based on a certain space opera we all know and love.

Then WonderFest CEO Dave Hodge and crew will present some WonderFest 30th anniversary tributes and door prizes.

We’ll close the evening with “The CliffNotes of Insanity: The Princess Bride in 30 Minutes or Less” presented by Ray Robinson in association with The Actors of Unusual Size and Company OutCast. Its a hilarious take on a classic filled with memorable lines and laughs. “Have fun storming the castle!”

Tickets are just $9 per person, sold at Admissions and at the door. Food and drink sold separately.

See what's happening after hours every night of WonderFest on our website:
wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/programming/
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TONIGHT!  The 30th Anniversary Wrap Party at 7:30pm! Kick back and celebrate the close of an incredible WonderFest weekend. Choose to eat at the event ala carte, take advantage of the cash bar, or just come for the fun programming! It’s a chance to hang with friends before everyone heads home for another year.

After dinner, comedian Sean Keller will bring lightsabers and laughs with a 15-minute excerpt from “I-VIII: A One Man Show” based on a certain space opera we all know and love.

Then WonderFest CEO Dave Hodge and crew will present some WonderFest 30th anniversary tributes and door prizes.

We’ll close the evening with “The CliffNotes of Insanity: The Princess Bride in 30 Minutes or Less” presented by Ray Robinson in association with The Actors of Unusual Size and Company OutCast. Its a hilarious take on a classic filled with memorable lines and laughs. “Have fun storming the castle!”

Tickets are just $9 per person, sold at Admissions and at the door. Food and drink sold separately.

See whats happening after hours every night of WonderFest on our website:
https://wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/programming/
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