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  • After-Hours Events
    The fun continues After-Hours with screenings and live horror hosts!
  • 2016 List of Dealers
    Two incredible Dealer's Rooms for collectible models, toys, posters, and more!
  • Make & Take for Kids
    Kids age 16 and under can learn how to build a model and keep it in our Make & Take.

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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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RESERVE Your Room

Our discounted room block rate at the Crowne Plaza Airport covers June 1-6 (Wednesday thru Sunday), so come in a bit early or stay over and still get our $119 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!

Entry Info

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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At the end of the show, don't miss...

Club WTF!

C57D True Hollywood Story: Robby the Robot

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

We'll celebrate the 60th Birthday of everyone's favorite Robot with a slightly scandalous look back at his multi-faceted career while we relax and socialize, with the traditional pay-as-you go food menu and cash bar. Buy tickets at the ADMISSIONS booth all weekend long, and at the door.

It's the perfect capper to a fun WonderFest weekend. Held in our Club WTF! (WonderFest True Fans) ballroom, set phasers to 'relax.' It's an evening full of surprises and tributes to our special guests. Don't miss it!

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WonderFest Latest News

Next WonderFest: June 3-4, 2017!
The Weekend AFTER Memorial Day!


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WonderFest 2016 wraps up a GREAT year;
AMAZING Model Contest winners posted!

We had 599 fantastic entries in all genres.

6/7/16: Seems like the fastest two days of the year. WonderFest 2016 was a great success. The Friday demos were fantastic, and then the guests, programming, exhibits and contest were going strong all weekend. It's always hard to say so long to so many friends-but we'll be back next year on June 3-4, 2017.

In the meantime, we've got all of the 2016 AMAZING Model Contest winners posted. Take a look!

See them all on our 2016 WINNERS page.


Rondo Award

Don't miss the 2016 Rondo Awards Ceremony
At WonderFest this Saturday at 5pm...

Don't miss the awards that you, the fans, voted for!

6/1/16: 2015’s best in horror, sci-fi and fantasy as voted by you! Join us as the coveted Acromegaliacs are passed out to the winners, many of whom will be attending WonderFest!

Read more at the Rondo Awards website.


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Daytime schedule of guest presentations 
is now posted on our DAYTIME page!

We'll have presentations by our guests all day both Saturday and Sunday that'll knock your socks off!

5/15/16: Come see a full two days of special talks and panels. Descriptions and tentative times & days are now posted on our DAYTIME events page. Talks range from dinosaurs to designing movies and special effects—plus catch up with our actor guests on their past and present projects!

Read more on our DAYTIME page.


Nick Tate in Space: 1999

Last-minute guest addition: actor Nick Tate, 
best known for his work on SPACE: 1999

You've also seen him on tons of shows, including many genre fan favorites.

5/5/16: We're thrilled to welcome actor Nick Tate to his first WonderFest. Nick's long career has seen him appearing in numerous genre favorites like Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, The X-Files, Farscape, Lost, and the upcoming Jamie Anderson TV movie Firestorm. Nick's appearance is sponsored by CultTVman.

Read more on our GUESTS page.


Gigi Edgley as Chiana.

2016 guest announcements!
With more to come...

From s-f to horror to dinosaurs, his year's lineup of guests has something for everyone.

UPDATED 5/5/16: For our 27th year, we're delighted to announce a fantastic group of guests, including:

  • Gigi Edgley, actress and co-host of SyFy's Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge and known as Chiana on Farscape.
  • Kirk Thatcher, a filmmaker and creature maker who also serves as a judge on Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge.
  • William Malone, movie director, creature maker and long-time fan...who also owns the original Robbie and his car!
  • Nick Tate, actor best known for Space: 1999 as well as recent shows like X-Files, Lost, and Pretty Little Liars.
  • Robert Welch, grandson of 'Wizard of MGM' visual effects guru A. Arnold "Buddy" Gillespie.
  • Mark Schultz, artist, author and creator of the fan favorite dino comic Xenozoic Tales and all-around Good Lizard Man!
  • Michael J. Ryan, Ph.D., Curator and Head of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
  • Rick Catizione, animator and VFX artist whose work includes Creepshow 1 & 2 and the original Night of the Living Dead.
  • Adam Johnson, co-author of his second book that gives a detailed look at the making of 2001 A Space Odyssey. Joining Adam will be Albert Ordway, son of the late Fred Ordway III, science advisor on 2001. He'll be available for discussion about his experiences with his father at the table on Saturday.
  • Eric Chu, a designer-illustrator nicknamed the Cylon God for his incredible design on the retooled Battlestar Galactica.
  • Ken Palkow, amazing prop-maker whose work was most recently on screen in Deadpool.
  • John Eaves, designer-illustrator for Star Trek who is coming in fresh from designing Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
  • Frank Dietz, artist and filmmaker here to premiere his new documentary Long Live The King-The Legacy Of Kong.
  • William Stout, fan-favorite dino artist and music historian who is also responsible for our cool show t-shirt art!
  • Cortlandt Hull, super fan and keeper of The Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum, now celebrating its 50th year!
  • Bill Diamond, master puppet creator and performer whose work has been seen in The Dark Crystal, among others.
  • Mark MaddoxRondo-winning artist whose work is in HorrorHound, Little Shoppe Of Horrors, Video Watchdog and many others.
We'll have more guests and programming info to come. Keep watching these pages

Read more on our GUESTS page.


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