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NEXT SHOW: JUNE 2-3, 2018

Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport 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 29th 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 2018 GUESTS

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JOHN AMPLAS

JOHN AMPLAS

Actor: Martin, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow

MIKE HILL

MIKE HILL

Sculptor & Creature Designer

STEVE HOWARTH

STEVE HOWARTH

Modelmaker & Visual Effects

RICK STERNBACH

RICK STERNBACH

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

WILLIAM STOUT

WILLIAM STOUT

Illustrator & Paleo Artist

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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1AFM Modeling Boot Camp9A-5PRussell Room
2Badger / Black Heart Model Finishing Class9A-3PTrimble Room
3Iwata / TAG Team Friday Workshop9A-4PTBA
4Garage Kits.US Workshop9A-4PPerry Room
5Friday Night Welcome Party7P-9PMain Hallway
6Iwata Airbrush Party7P-10PMadison Room
7Friday Night Frights9P-11PTheater B
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1DEALER ROOMS OPENTBA 10A-5PDealer A & B
2HOW-TO DEMOSTBA 11A-5PElliott, Franklin, Grant
3GUEST TALKSTBA 10A-4:30PTheaters A & B
4CONTEST ENTRIESTBA 8A-NoonCoronet
5CONTEST VIEWINGTBA Noon-5PCoronet
6RONDO AWARDSTBA 5P-7PTheater A
7CHILLER CINEMA LIVETBA 7P-11PTheater B
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1DEALER ROOMS OPENTBA 10A-5PDealer A & B
2HOW-TO DEMOSTBA 10A-2PElliott, Franklin, Grant
3CONTEST VIEWINGTBA 10A-3PCoronet
4GUEST TALKSTBA 10A-3PTheaters A & B
5CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONYTBA 3P-4PTheater B
6WONDERFEST WRAP PARTYTBA 7:30PTheater 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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1 day ago

WonderFest USA

ATTENTION DEALERS: As of today, 2/23/18, Dealer Room B is SOLD OUT. Room A sold out last month. This means dealer table sales are now closed for WonderFest 2018! Message David Hodge if you wish to be placed on a waiting list in the event of cancellations. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Need a bigger space 🙂

Great show coming up !!!

There are always last minute cancellations.

Can't wait!

3 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

WonderFest is pleased to welcome legendary actor John Amplas to our show for 2018!

John's first starring role in 1978's MARTIN had a huge critical and horror-cultural impact, and George Romero's revisionist vampire film--his self-proclaimed favorite among all of his movies--went on to become a landmark of cult cinema. John became a long-running member of the late director's Pittsburgh stock company, taking later roles in DAWN OF THE DEAD, KNIGHTRIDERS, CREEPSHOW and DAY OF THE DEAD as well as MIDNIGHT, directed by NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD's co-creator John Russo.

John Amplas will be a part of our tribute to George Romero, one of the most popular and beloved guests in WonderFest's history, and will also join Doc Gangrene for a double-feature shock show on Saturday night!

Visit wonderfest.com/ for all of the show info!
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WonderFest is pleased to welcome legendary actor John Amplas to our show for 2018!

Johns first starring role in 1978s MARTIN had a huge critical and horror-cultural impact, and George Romeros revisionist vampire film--his self-proclaimed favorite among all of his movies--went on to become a landmark of cult cinema. John became a long-running member of the late directors Pittsburgh stock company, taking later roles in DAWN OF THE DEAD, KNIGHTRIDERS, CREEPSHOW and DAY OF THE DEAD as well as MIDNIGHT, directed by NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADs co-creator John Russo. 

John Amplas will be a part of our tribute to George Romero, one of the most popular and beloved guests in WonderFests history, and will also join Doc Gangrene for a double-feature shock show on Saturday night!

Visit https://wonderfest.com/ for all of the show info!

4 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

Every year since 2000, our dear friend Mike Parks designed, sculpted, and cast these beautiful plaques for us (usually) based on the tee shirt art for that particular year.They were made in very limited numbers. We dedicate this album to Mike and his incredible wife Danya, with love from the whole WonderFest family. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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These are really wonderful plaques -- real works of art! Please forgive me but I have never noticed these before -- I have been to the show 4 times! Are you going to have a retrospective show of these at this year's con? I hope so. I would really like to see them. Thanks.

Thanks Mark. Yes, we plan on having them on display! Also, there are a very few plaques left that we will be selling, with 100% of the proceeds going toward helping Mike's wife Danya cover his medical expenses. Stay tuned!

Fantastic Gallery!!!

Great stuff. Thanks for posting.

I had never seen the backs of most of these plaques before. The extra detail that Mike put into these is awesome!

These are so wonderful. Not quite sure how they were off my radar.

Such great work.

I'm proud to have two of Mike's creations in my posession that are not pictured here - two of his humor award trophies.

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1 month ago

WonderFest USA

TAG Team Hobbies and Iwata-Medea are teaming up to bring you SCI-FI MODELING SCHOOL at WonderFest 2018!

It's a day-long workshop on Friday, June 1st, from 9am-4pm. Limited to the first 12 paid students.

Learn airbrush techniques you can use for spaceships and just about any other modeling subject: aging, paint chipping and more.

Start the day with practice controlling and cleaning a double action airbrush. The rest of the day you’ll use your new and/or improved skills to paint up a pre-primed STAR WARS A-Wing kit in your own color scheme and markings.

Take your spaceship home with you along with the other goodies in the Basic Package from class!

This Friday workshop is a separately ticketed event.

Read more and sign up at:
tagteamhobbies.com/wonderfest2018.html
... See MoreSee Less

TAG Team Hobbies and Iwata-Medea are teaming up to bring you SCI-FI MODELING SCHOOL at WonderFest 2018!

Its a day-long workshop on Friday, June 1st, from 9am-4pm. Limited to the first 12 paid students.

Learn airbrush techniques you can use for spaceships and just about any other modeling subject: aging, paint chipping and more.

Start the day with practice controlling and cleaning a double action airbrush. The rest of the day you’ll use your new and/or improved skills to paint up a pre-primed STAR WARS A-Wing kit in your own color scheme and markings.

Take your spaceship home with you along with the other goodies in the Basic Package from class!

This Friday workshop is a separately ticketed event.

Read more and sign up at:
http://tagteamhobbies.com/wonderfest2018.html

 

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Are there more of these friday workshops to still be annouced? Trying to decide which one to do...

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