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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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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, 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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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
#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!
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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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12 hours ago

WonderFest USA

We're so thrilled to welcome back one of our nicest guests ever: the delightful Marta Kristen. Best known as the original "Judy Robinson" in TV's LOST IN SPACE, Marta has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies. At WonderFest, she'll be at a table in a room with at least a dozen LOST IN SPACE Robot replicas, as part of RoboCon at WonderFest. Marta's appearance is sponsored by CultTVman!

Find all the WonderFest details at: www.wonderfest.com
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Were so thrilled to welcome back one of our nicest guests ever: the delightful Marta Kristen. Best known as the original Judy Robinson in TVs LOST IN SPACE, Marta has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies. At WonderFest, shell be at a table in a room with at least a dozen LOST IN SPACE Robot replicas, as part of RoboCon at WonderFest. Martas appearance is sponsored by CultTVman!

Find all the WonderFest details at: www.wonderfest.com

3 days ago

WonderFest USA

Ok, Here’s a little sneak peek at some Wondermerch.
For those of you coming to the show if you are a hat person
we have a couple of items that might be of some interest that is new this year. See the pics below for the big T Rex and a hat from a certain expedition to the Amazon. We won’t have a ton of each so we suggest that you check it out early to get in on the action. I’ve also seen the T-shirts for this year but I’m afraid you will have to see them in person at the show for the full reveal. They feature artwork from the incredible Bill Stout and for you spaceship heads the incomparable John Eaves. Awesomeness! Check it out early if you can before they’re all gone. Finally there is a patch from that same mysterious Amazon excursion. See ya at the show!
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Ok, Here’s a little sneak peek at some Wondermerch.
For those of you coming to the show if you are a hat person
we have a couple of items that might be of some interest that is new this year. See the pics below for the big T Rex and a hat from a certain expedition to the Amazon. We won’t have a ton of each so we suggest that you check it out early to get in on the action. I’ve also seen the T-shirts for this year but I’m afraid you will have to see them in person at the show for the full reveal. They feature artwork from  the incredible Bill Stout and for you spaceship heads the incomparable John Eaves. Awesomeness! Check it out early if you can before they’re all gone. Finally there is a patch from that same mysterious Amazon excursion. See ya at the show!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Do you know what might be really cool! You sell WonderFest t-shirts every year. Those are nice and all but I’d by a hat with the WonderFest patch on it.

is there a way to get this stuff if you live in the UK?

Still waiting for the Wonderfez...

Need a new model!! This guy is getting a little old!!! 😂😲

The CEO really cut back on the fashion model budget this year

2 Hats 4 Patches Perfect I'm in

Just the hat right? The guy underneath probably sells for cheaper.

Mark Warthling

Oh, hell yeah!!!

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4 days ago

WonderFest USA

Don't miss the chance to meet first-time guest DAREN DOCHTERMAN at WonderFest!

His work is featured on HBO's acclaimed WESTWORLD Season 2, and recent Concept Designer credits include BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, PASSENGERS, and STAR TREK BEYOND.

Daren has been working in the motion picture industry as a concept designer and artist for nearly 30 years. He may be best known for his work as Visual Effects Supervisor for Robert Wise on the Director's Edition of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE. He'll be present for a rare screening at the show.

Read more about him on our Guests page: wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/guests/
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Dont miss the chance to meet first-time guest DAREN DOCHTERMAN at WonderFest!

His work is featured on HBOs acclaimed WESTWORLD Season 2, and recent Concept Designer credits include BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, PASSENGERS, and STAR TREK BEYOND.

Daren has been working in the motion picture industry as a concept designer and artist for nearly 30 years. He may be best known for his work as Visual Effects Supervisor for Robert Wise on the Directors Edition of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE. Hell be present for a rare screening at the show.

Read more about him on our Guests page: https://wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/guests/

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I am so bummed I can't go.

5 days ago

WonderFest USA

WonderFest documentary screening and Q&A: In 1995, archaeologist, author and life-long STAR WARS fan David West Reynolds went to Tunisia to recover the lost shooting locations of the original groundbreaking space fantasy--and made some stunning finds nearly 20 years after the Lucasfilm crew had departed! From the Skywalker and Kenobi homesteads to the Mos Eisley cantina and beyond the Jundland Wastes, he’ll lead you on a nostalgic expedition of galactic proportions.

Read about ALL the WonderFest daytime presentations here:
wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/programming/#guestpres
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WonderFest documentary screening and Q&A: In 1995, archaeologist, author and life-long STAR WARS fan David West Reynolds went to Tunisia to recover the lost shooting locations of the original groundbreaking space fantasy--and made some stunning finds nearly 20 years after the Lucasfilm crew had departed!  From the Skywalker and Kenobi homesteads to the Mos Eisley cantina and beyond the Jundland Wastes, he’ll lead you on a nostalgic expedition of galactic proportions.

Read about ALL the WonderFest daytime presentations here:
https://wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/programming/#guestpres

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It’s at 1:30 on Sunday? Worst possible time for me

I never knew Tatooine was named after the place where it was shot.. George Lucas was such a hack back then before the internet could reveal that. There's inspirations for names and there's just sloppy copies. (Lucas = Luke S, Darth Vader = Dark Father, etc)

Its times like this that i hate being vendor. Another interesting presentation that i am going to miss.

Can’t wait! Good Stuff!

That... spelled right?

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2 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

THE STAR WARS SKETCHBOOK CHALLENGE is a fantastic display coming to WonderFest! Here's what it's all about, according to organizer Jason Eaton:

"Last year, during a get together, Bill George leveled a challenge to create a model using a production sketch from Joe Johnston. Before you could say “close the blast doors!” we had concocted a Sketchbook Challenge, where people would pick a sketch, with the goal of making a model to display at this year’s WonderFest. I thought it was a perfect idea, because like so many others, I spent many a day pouring over those three Star Wars Sketchbooks that were published, trying to mimic Joe Johnston’s style. What better way to channel those dreams than to build a model using those guides? It’s practically what an ILMer would have done, during the production! We hope you enjoy the display, and encourage you to try your hand at it some time!"

Read all about WonderFest at www.wonderfest.com
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THE STAR WARS SKETCHBOOK CHALLENGE is a fantastic display coming to WonderFest! Heres what its all about, according to organizer Jason Eaton:

Last year, during a get together, Bill George leveled a challenge to create a model using a production sketch from Joe Johnston. Before you could say “close the blast doors!” we had concocted a Sketchbook Challenge, where people would pick a sketch, with the goal of making a model to display at this year’s WonderFest. I thought it was a perfect idea, because like so many others, I spent many a day pouring over those three Star Wars Sketchbooks that were published, trying to mimic Joe Johnston’s style. What better way to channel those dreams than to build a model using those guides? It’s practically what an ILMer would have done, during the production! We hope you enjoy the display, and encourage you to try your hand at it some time!

Read all about WonderFest at www.wonderfest.com

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So wish I was going this year.

I must see this. 😳

Mark Dyser

So that's what Robb Merrill has been working on...😉

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