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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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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

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 Class9A-3PTBA
3TAG Team / Iwata Sci-Fi Modeling School9A-4PTBA
4Friday Night Welcome Party7P-9PMain Hallway
5Iwata Airbrush Party7P-10PMadison Room
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
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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!
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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.
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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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17 hours ago

WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: STAR TREK fans won't want to miss returning guest artist Rick Sternbach. Rick's designs and illustrations have shaped the look of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, THE LAST STARFIGHTER, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE, VOYAGER, and STAR TREK NEMESIS. He also provided computer playback graphics and animation elements for Steven Soderbergh’s SOLARIS.

In 2004, Rick began Space Model Systems, Inc, providing the space modeler with what many consider the best aftermarket decals for historical spacecraft.

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: STAR TREK fans wont want to miss returning guest artist Rick Sternbach. Ricks designs and illustrations have shaped the look of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, THE LAST STARFIGHTER, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE, VOYAGER, and STAR TREK NEMESIS. He also provided computer playback graphics and animation elements for Steven Soderbergh’s SOLARIS. 

In 2004, Rick began Space Model Systems, Inc, providing the space modeler with what many consider the best aftermarket decals for historical spacecraft.

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com

 

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Shaping up to be one helluva show this year!

Always great to see Rick!

WOooot!

Great guy. Very approachable

Wahoo

Awesome guy!

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1 day ago

WonderFest USA

ATTENTION DEALERS: As of today, 1/20/19, Dealer Room A is SOLD OUT! There are limited tables left in Dealer Room B. Don't delay reserving your table! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Another sellout show for sure. Love wonderfest

How much is a table in room B?

When will the dealer list be posted on the site?

2 days ago

WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: The Cylon God returns! Fan favorite guest Eric Chu was conceptual designer for SyFy's now-legendary retooling of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. He recently collaborated with producer-and past-WonderFest-guest Jamie Anderson on the Ultramarionation pilot minisode of Gerry Anderson's FIRESTORM (if you haven't seen it, watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-yhwYMoRfk).

Eric's past credits include working as a storyboard and layout artist for animated series including BEETLEJUICE, DROIDS, BABAR and the legendary J Michael Straczynski-penned kid's show CAPTAIN POWER AND THE SOLDIERS OF THE FUTURE.

For more information visit: www.wonderfest.com
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT:  The Cylon God returns! Fan favorite guest Eric Chu was conceptual designer for SyFys now-legendary retooling of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. He recently collaborated with producer-and past-WonderFest-guest Jamie Anderson on the Ultramarionation pilot minisode of Gerry Andersons FIRESTORM (if you havent seen it, watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-yhwYMoRfk). 

Erics past credits include working as a storyboard and layout artist for animated series including BEETLEJUICE, DROIDS, BABAR and the legendary J Michael Straczynski-penned kids show CAPTAIN POWER AND THE SOLDIERS OF THE FUTURE. 

For more information visit: www.wonderfest.com

 

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Congratulations on all of the fantastic guests!

eric is awesome guy

2 days ago

WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Secret Weapon(maker) and fan fave Ken Palkow returns for WonderFest 30!

Ken's recent projects include building weapons and gadgets for the last three X-MEN films--including the upcoming DARK PHOENIX--and weapons, gadgets, and props for the TV show ALTERED CARBON. He fabricated props for Jim Carrey's SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, and for Dwayne Johnson's recent SKYSCRAPER. Ken created new guns, swords, and Cable’s rifle for DEADPOOL 2.

He's built everything from gold tablets for NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM to serum gas canisters in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Did we mention weapons? We’re talking Kate Beckinsale's weapons in UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING, Colonial sidearms in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD AND CHROME, to Federation phasers, alien weapons, and medical gadgets for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and STAR TREK BEYOND.

Ken will be appearing both days. For more information visit: www.wonderfest.com
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Secret Weapon(maker) and fan fave Ken Palkow returns for WonderFest 30!

Kens recent projects include building weapons and gadgets for the last three X-MEN films--including the upcoming DARK PHOENIX--and weapons, gadgets, and props for the TV show ALTERED CARBON. He fabricated props for Jim Carreys SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, and for Dwayne Johnsons recent SKYSCRAPER. Ken created new guns, swords, and Cable’s rifle for DEADPOOL 2. 

Hes built everything from gold tablets for NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM to serum gas canisters in RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Did we mention weapons? We’re talking Kate Beckinsales weapons in UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING, Colonial sidearms in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD AND CHROME, to Federation phasers, alien weapons, and medical gadgets for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and STAR TREK BEYOND.

Ken will be appearing both days. For more information visit: www.wonderfest.com

 

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I think I know that guy...

Great news, though I hope I don’t end up directly behind Ken in the airport TSA line, like happened a few years ago. His props slowed the line a bit😉

Can’t wait to meet this guy. Seems like a real stand up dude.

Welcome back, Ken!!! Lookin’ forward to party witchew!!!

Ken is an amazing artist!

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1 week ago

WonderFest USA

Long-time WonderFest guest FRANK DIETZ is returning after an absence for our 30th--and we're delighted! Frank's had a busy year. A new movie comedy he wrote, I HATE KIDS, opens January 18th. He helped out animating the penguins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, and he starred in the radio comedy WHAT ABOUT BLOB? with Brian Howe, Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu from "Mystery Science Theater 3000."

Frank has a new book coming out in time for WonderFest, called "Damn Dirty Geeks Walk Among Us!" It's a collection of reviews and essays by Frank and his fellow podcast members on their favorite and not-so-favorite horror, sci-fi and fantasy films.

More guest announcements to come! For info about tickets, hotel and more, visit www.wonderfest.com.
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Long-time WonderFest guest FRANK DIETZ is returning after an absence for our 30th--and were delighted! Franks had a busy year. A new movie comedy he wrote, I HATE KIDS, opens January 18th. He helped out animating the penguins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, and he starred in the radio comedy WHAT ABOUT BLOB? with Brian Howe, Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Frank has a new book coming out in time for WonderFest, called Damn Dirty Geeks Walk Among Us! Its a collection of reviews and essays by Frank and his fellow podcast members on their favorite and not-so-favorite horror, sci-fi and fantasy films.

More guest announcements to come! For info about tickets, hotel and more, visit www.wonderfest.com.

 

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I’m so excited!!! He is the nicest guy!

Missed you last year Frank Dietz!

Nice! I may have to come up and see ya!

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