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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'

DON FRYE

DON FRYE

Actor: Godzilla: Final Wars, Miami Vice, Public Enemies

THOMAS KUNTZ

THOMAS KUNTZ

Sculptor, Automata Creator

MARTIN BOWER

MARTIN BOWER

Movie & TV Model Maker

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

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 Class10A-4PTBA
3Garage Kits.US Colors Paintfest 9A-4PTBA
4TAG Team / Iwata Sci-Fi Modeling School9A-4PTBA
5Friday Night Welcome Party7P-9PMain Hallway
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
#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
6ROBOTWORKS AT WONDERFEST 9AM-5PMGrant Room
7WONDERFEST WRAP PARTY7:30PTheater 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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2 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: Please 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, such as ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, BEACH BLANKET BINGO, MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., MANNIX, MURPHY BROWN, and even the LOST IN SPACE movie in 1998. She also appeared in more than 40 commercials. Marta Kristen's appearance is sponsored by CultTVman!

Find all the WonderFest details at: www.wonderfest.com
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NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT:  Please 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, such as ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, BEACH BLANKET BINGO, MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., MANNIX, MURPHY BROWN, and even the LOST IN SPACE movie in 1998. She also appeared in more than 40 commercials. Marta Kristens appearance is sponsored by CultTVman!

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

 

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Awesome 👍👍👍👍👍

Wasn't there an announced JUPITER 2 AND CHARIOT model that was never released?

I really should go. I'm closer than Steve Iverson is...

Matthew Stiles

Wonderful news!!!

Would love to meet her, but I live in new Zealand. 😦

She is wonderful --no pun intended.

One of my favorite wonderfest guest ever

Awesome!

She was great when I met her there!

Fantastic!

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3 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

With sadness we note the passing of long time kit producer John Tucky of X-O Facto. He will be missed by many. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

Registration is open for the Garage Kits.US Colors Paintfest Class at WonderFest 2019!

This year’s class will focus on teaching grayscale painting and feature their 1/3 scale Vampira kit, sculpted by Jim Maddox.

The class will be held on Friday, May 31, from 9 AM to approximately 4 PM. Class will be taught by Jim Capone, with assistance from Brent Bristow, Jesse Garcia, and a few of the usual suspects.

For more details and registration info, please visit Garage Kits.US:
garagekitsuscolors.com/products/paintfest-2019.html
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Registration is open for the Garage Kits.US Colors Paintfest Class at WonderFest 2019!

This year’s class will focus on teaching grayscale painting and feature their 1/3 scale Vampira kit, sculpted by Jim Maddox.

The class will be held on Friday, May 31, from 9 AM to approximately 4 PM. Class will be taught by Jim Capone, with assistance from Brent Bristow, Jesse Garcia, and a few of the usual suspects.

For more details and registration info, please visit Garage Kits.US:
https://garagekitsuscolors.com/products/paintfest-2019.html

 

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Matthew

Holly Rudolph

 

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LOL

"Those decals are really hard to put on without ripping."

Still funny!

Too funny and too true in a way.

Counting the days!

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