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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: $128 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

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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
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!
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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!
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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2 months ago

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Hotel rooms all booked!

Yup, same here!!

Already booked my vacation time. 😀

Anyone know where I can get one of the 30th anniversary tee shirts. They were all sold out at the event?

3 months ago

WonderFest USA

Hey WonderFesters! Look at what Amazing Figure Modeler has going on!Calling all modelers! Please feel free to share this across media platforms and with any modeling boards where you think this could be of interest!
It's time to have a little fun and show the world what you've got by submitting your work in article form for inclusion in a SPECIAL EDITION issue of Amazing Figure Modeler magazine!
Holy Cow, you read that right! You could get published in a future issue of AFM and be "large and in charge" by simply writing and photographing your latest modeling masterpiece. We plan to pick the most inspiring group of entries and then roll them all into one awesomely cool issue: "Reader's Choice!"
So whadda 'ya say folks, tired of seeing your modeling knowledge going to waste and not getting the props you deserve? Know something we don't? Want to see yourself in print? Then get to tappin' on that keyboard and let everyone know how it's done with a "How-To" modeling article on your favorite kit and we'll and take it from there.
What you choose to model is entirely up to you. AFM welcomes all artistic endeavors that are within reason in capturing the dynamics of your work. We want to see all types of subject matter. It doesn't matter if it's a bust, figure, genre-related vehicle, diorama, kit conversion or bash, custom or even a 1:1 scale modeling project, all options are on the table. It can be anything from an original life-size sculpture to a miniature figure or bust. We're casting our nets far and wide on this kit safari so buckle up all you Jungle Jims and Janes! The best submissions will be chosen by our staff to be featured in the "Reader's Choice" issue and naturally, the most impressive entry will be emblazoned on the cover of a future issue of AFM! If you don't make the final cut, never fear; submissions can still make publication in future issues; depending on the quality of articles, a reader's column could become an ongoing new column feature in the magazine!
Now before you go off rushing to start your award winning entry, keep in mind everyone has until the end of the year, Dec. 31st, 2019, to get us his or her submissions. Please read all applicable rules, technical requirements and article parameters at www.amazingmodeler.com before you begin.
So, what are you waiting for? We here at AFM know our readers are the caliber of modelers that have the mad skills we're looking to showcase! Just imagine the rewards once you're published and hit the big time. You'll be the toast of the town, a hit with the Ladies or Lads and naturally, the scourge of all your enemies! Above of all, your work will be recorded for posterity, spread across time and space for all to see in AFM's first-ever "Reader's Choice" special edition. Good luck to all; we're looking forward to seeing everyone's creative work, so…Ready, Set, Model!
www.amazingmodeler.com
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Hey WonderFesters! Look at what Amazing Figure Modeler has going on!

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Just to clarify you don't mean a build article, just a completed model with pictures and description?

3 months ago

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

I’m ready to book, let’s do this!

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!!

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.

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

Can we move it along? SOme of us are jonesing

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

Bill Krause has put on a scratchbuilding presentation at another con. It would be great if you could invite him to present at Wonderfest!!

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

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