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  • After-Hours Events
    The fun continues After-Hours with screenings and live horror hosts!
  • Make & Take for Kids
    Kids age 16 and under can learn how to build a model and keep it in our Make & Take.
  • 2014 List of Dealers
    Two incredible Dealer's Rooms for collectible models, toys, posters, and more!

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What is WonderFest?

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A weekend of hobby fun!

S-F, horror & anime models are celebrated in Louisville!   WonderFest is THE annual expo for model and toy collectors of s-f,  horror & comics subjects--especially plastic kits & garage kits. 

Learn more...

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PAY for Admission

At the door. No credit cards.

Adults: $25 for a single-day ticket, $33 for a 2-day ticket. Early Bird and children's tickets are available. Booth opens Friday at 5 pm, Sat. at 7:30 am.

Ticket Info

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Our discounted room block rate at the Crowne Plaza Airport covers May 27-June 1 (Wednesday thru Sunday), so come in a bit early or stay over and still get our $117 per night rate for up to 4 persons.

Hotel Info

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ENTER the Contest

Entry Fees:
$9 per first 2 models for adults, up to 8 additional entries free;
$7 per first 2 models for teens, up to 8 add'l entries free (ages 13-19).
Free for ages 12 & under!

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Demos run all weekend long

WonderFest continues our commitment to the art of model making with an expanded demo lineup! Tracks include FIGURE modeling, HARDWARE modeling, and COMPUTER modeling.

Learn techniques from the hobby's most accomplished modelers

We've picked some of the best builders to share specific tips and tricks. Talks last from 30 minutes to an hour (or even two), and focus on major modeling topics and skills demonstrations. Some allow the viewers to try the techniques shown. Video assist is used in most demos so that everyone can see.

A schedule of the daily demos will be published on this website and will be in the Pocket Program book.

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It's our popular After-Show Party...

7:30pm Sunday Night  — Tickets are only $5 per person!

Club WTF logoBuy tickets at the ADMISSIONS booth all weekend long, and at the door.

It's the perfect capper to a fun WonderFest weekend. Come celebrate on Sunday evening at ‘Club WTF!’ (get yer minds outta the gutter kids—that’s “WonderFest True Fans”) as another ‘Fest bites the dust.

Purchase food and drink a la carte, enjoy a cash bar, exclusive videos and presentations. The 2014 party was a smash hit. Don't miss it!

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WonderFest Latest News

Upcoming Show: May 30-31, 2015!
The Weekend AFTER Memorial Day!

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The Amazing Model Contest winners list is now online.

With a record 668 entries, 2014 was HUGE!

6/6/14: The full list of winners for the Amazing Model Contest at WonderFest 2014 is now up. Sponsored by Amazing Figure Modeler magazine, with special awards by more than a dozen other sponsors, the contest is always the centerpiece of WonderFest. It represents the best our hobby has to offer.

Find the complete list of award winners here.

Pocket Guide cover.

Download a PDF of the Pocket Guide.

Print the daily schedule before you get to Louisville.

5/26/14: Every WonderFest attendee needs a Pocket Guide! It's a small, purple brochure with the dealer room directory and the full grid of all program times and days. To make it easier on our traveling friends, here is a printable PDF of just the schedule parts that you can download. The full Guide will be at the show on Friday.

Click this link to download the PDF.

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Full Daytime programming schedule is now online.

All guest presentations listed with days & times.

5/26/14: The complete daytime programming schedule for WonderFest 2014 is now up. We've posted times and descriptions for all of our guest presentations. Besides a cool presentation by guest Joe Alves, art director of JAWS, our own Dave Hodge will be giving a talk on the Great White Shark.

Find the complete list of talks on our DAYTIME page.

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Drexler cancels due to work on SyFy's 'Defiance'

Doug sends his regrets to his many fans.

5/17/14: We were disappointed to hear that late work on season two of the SyFy Channel series Defiance will keep FX guest Doug Drexler from attending this year. That's always a risk with working pros in the industry, and we hope to see him at a future WonderFest! In the meantime, take a look at our full list of guests. They represent the best in makeup, visual effects, model-making, design and artistry!

Read more on our GUESTS page.

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Just added: More exhibits and guest talks:

Full 2001 space suit and Gorn replica on display!

5/4/14: 2001 fan Mike Scott has spent the past 8 years researching and reconstructing the iconic spacesuits from Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking sci fi masterpiece 2001 A Space Odyssey. Now you can see one of the finished suits on display and in person, only at Wonderfest! Also, we'll have a complete replica of the creature suit of Star Trek's favorite lizard man, the Gorn!... Read more on our EXHIBITS page.

Most Guest Talk descriptions are now posted!

Nearly all of our guests have confirmed the talks and panels they'll be participating in. As always, there's almost too much to take in! We have a great behind-the-scenes guest lineup this year and some cool surprises coming... Read more on our DAYTIME page.

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New guest and exhibits announcements:

Aurora Monster Scenes book premiere with the authors!

4/7/14: WonderFest is thrilled to host the premiere of a lavishly-illustrated new book, Aurora Monster Scenes: The Most Controversial Toys of a Generation along with its authors, Andy Yanchus and Dennis Prince. They'll also be presenting a spellbinding look at the hidden history of the most beloved company in our twisted little hearts as a bonus for attendees... Read more on our GUESTS page.

Original JAWS movie props on display!

Calling all JAWS fans! Next to where production designer Joe Alves will be signing autographs, we'll have a JAWS display featuring a bunch of awesome props, courtesy of uber-collector Chris Kiszka... Read more on our EXHIBITS page.

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Guest Cancellation:

Chris Walas sends his regrets... as do Bob & Kathy Burns...

4/5/14: WonderFest fan favorite Chris Walas has regretfully had to cancel his appearance at our anniversary show due to work conflicts. Fans have also been asking us about Bob & Kathy Burns, and we're sad to report that travel restrictions due to health concerns will prevent them from joining the celebration in-person. We send them our warmest wishes! We have a great guest lineup, though, with a great mix of new and returning favorites. Read more on our GUESTS page.

Doug Drexler on green screen as Paladin.

New guest announcement:

Oscar-winner Doug Drexler - Makeup and VFX!

3/16/14: Doug Drexler—here pictured as Paladin from Star Trek Continues—may be the rennaisance man of visual effects. He's a makeup artist, scenic artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and visual effects artist. Doug is known for his Oscar-winning work on Dick Tracy (1990), and his work in makeup, art department and visual effects in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999), Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005), and Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)... Read more on our GUESTS page.

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Friday Workshops Confirmed:

Come in early for an awesome day of demos!

UPDATED 2/26/14: Just added: GarageKits.US Sculpting Workshop! We know you've been waiting for this announcement! Our friends with TAG Team/Iwata Airbrush, Black Heart/Badger Air-Brush/AFM and GarageKits.US have just announced their incredible Friday painting workshops. Together, these workshops represent an incredible selection of the best the hobby has to offer. Read more on our FRIDAY EVENTS page.

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Christmas Eve guest announcement:

Meet Joe Alves, designer of sharks, aliens & ID monsters!

12/24/13: Da dum. Da dum. Cue the shark! WonderFest is thrilled to welcome Oscar-Nominated Art Director, Production Designer, and Director, Joe Alves. Joe got his start at age 19 working with animator Josh Meador to create the ID monster for "Forbidden Planet." Joe would continue his career working on such classic films as "Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty," "Torn Curtain," and "The Sugarland Express." But then he scared us out of the water with "Jaws," "Jaws 2," and "Jaws 3D"... Read more on our GUESTS page.

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Special Black Friday guest announcement:

ILM veteran Carol Bauman returns, has Disney tale to tell!

11/29/13: Carol Bauman, long-time employee of the ILM model shop and then its successors, Kerner Optical and Kernerworks, will be returning to WonderFest! Carol’s a model-maker and sculptor whose filmography includes the “Star Wars” prequels, "Transformers 2," "Pirates of the Caribbean,” "Pearl Harbor,” “A.I.,” “Galaxy Quest,” “Men in Black,” “Star Trek First Contact,” and “Starship Troopers.” Carol will share with us the "making of" story of a very special project. She and Mark Walas co-supervised a wonderful model of Disneyland for the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco... Read more on our GUESTS page.


Guest announcements continue as we welcome two starship designers!

Rick Sternbach returns, bridging s-f & real space

11/3/13: Space modeling fans owe a lot to Rick Sternbach. Not only has he been one of the greatest influences on star Trek hardware, he's contributed designs to Last Starfighter and Solaris. He brings a depth of real space knowledge to the table. Best of all, he is a model hobbyist with his own aftermarket business... Read more on our GUESTS page.

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Fave artist John Eaves returns!

John Eaves has always been a fan favorite, largely due to his enthusiasm and body of work. Recently he's been on Iron Man 1, 2 & 3, Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness, OZ the Great and Powerful, and many other great films. In addition, he worked on prior Star Trek TV series and movies. He is a VFX model builder and a true fan of the hobby. Read more on our GUESTS page.

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