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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 29th 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 2018 GUESTS

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MICHAEL POSSERT JR.

MICHAEL POSSERT JR.

Stop-Motion Fabricator, Special Effects Modelmaker

SYBIL DANNING

SYBIL DANNING

Actress: Battle Beyond the Stars, Howling II, Grindhouse

JOHN AMPLAS

JOHN AMPLAS

Actor: Martin, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow

MICHAEL COPON

MICHAEL COPON

Actor & Producer: Blue Power Ranger, Scorpion King 2, One Tree Hill

MIKE HILL – Appearance Cancelled

MIKE HILL – Appearance Cancelled

Sculptor & Creature Designer

STEVE HOWARTH

STEVE HOWARTH

Modelmaker & Visual Effects

KEN PALKOW

KEN PALKOW

Propmaker: Altered Carbon, Deadpool 2, Star Trek Beyond

MAT IRVINE

MAT IRVINE

Visual Effects Supervisor, Modelmaker, Author

ERIC CHU

ERIC CHU

Designer-Illustrator: Battlestar Galactica, Droids, Firestorm

RICK STERNBACH

RICK STERNBACH

Designer, Star Trek TMP, Voyager, DS9, Last Starfighter

WILLIAM STOUT

WILLIAM STOUT

Paleo Artist & Production Design, Return of the Living Dead

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

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Tickets

Buy your tickets at the door for one day or the whole weekend. Early Bird tickets get you into the dealer’s rooms 2 hours early!
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Hotel & Restaurant

Special WonderFest room rates in a fine hotel, with an award-winning restaurant. It’s so convenient to stay in the show hotel!
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Louisville Attractions

Bring your family and take extra time to visit exciting tourism sites in and around Louisville. Go exploring.
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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!

With 743 entries in 2017, it took up the entire ballroom and featured some of the best modeling we’ve ever seen.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

JUNE 1-2-3, 2018

#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1AFM Modeling Boot Camp9A-5PRussell Room
2Badger / Black Heart Model Finishing Class9A-3PTrimble Room
3Iwata / TAG Team Friday Workshop9A-4PMadison Room
4Friday Night Welcome Party7P-9PMain Hallway
5Iwata Airbrush Party7P-10PMadison Room
6CHESLEY BONESTELL DOCUMENTARY SCREENING7:30P-9:10PTheater B
7Friday Night Frights9:15P-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
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1DEALER ROOMS OPEN10A-5PDealer A & B
2HOW-TO DEMOS10A-2PElliott, Franklin, Grant
3CONTEST VIEWING10A-3PCoronet
4GUEST TALKS10A-3PTheaters A & B
5CHESLEY BONESTELL DOCUMENTARY SCREENING1:30P-3:30PTheater A
6CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY3P-4PTheater B
7ROBOTWORKS AT WONDERFEST 9AM-5PMGrant Room
8WONDERFEST WRAP PARTY7:30PTheater A

MUST-SEE PROGRAMMING

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How-To Demos

Learn techniques from other great modelers! Demos last from 30 minutes to an hour. Become a better modeler with these tips and tricks.
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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

Fandom’s only classic horror awards—decided by fans, for fans. Recognize the best in print, film, web, art, media, toys and models!
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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 2016

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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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1 week ago

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It's only been 2 weeks since Wonderfest, and I'm already for next years

Matt Lowe!!

Outstanding!!

Tables already booked, and we’re already working on the class prep for next year.

Ain’t missing this one!

Need to hit this one. Been too long.

I’ve been to everyone but 2 so I won’t miss this one

We shall be there again!

Go big or go home.

I get more out of it every year

Hope to make it

miss going..deeply.!!!

It's on my calendar already and I'm starting my "Christmas Club Account" at the bank so I'll have plenty of money to buy myself presents and pay for my room, meals, and gas for the trip from Kansas City, Missouri !

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2 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

So, I don’t have much time to drink beer at the show. So what do you do? Go to wurst fest afterwards hang with my German peeps and drink good German beer. And bring your Wonderfest staff with you! ... See MoreSee Less

So, I don’t have much time to drink beer at the show. So what do you do? Go to wurst fest afterwards hang with my German peeps and drink good German beer. And bring your Wonderfest staff with you!Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Congratulations on another great year folks! Looking forward to 2019 and the 30th Anniversary!

Thank you for all you do...

Sehr gut!

Nothing like good German beer!

3 weeks ago

WonderFest USA

Greetings any potential dealers for Wonderfest 2019. Pre-sales of tables for next years show has taken 116 of the 126
available table spaces. That’s right, there are only 10 tables left in Room A. Room B has more space left but is already starting to sell as well. If you want to table I would suggest that you get in soon. Update for June 8 - Now 7 tables.
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Jimi Jr. Glancy

Also really means there's not enough dealer space(or demo space given how packed the vehicle ones were and people couldn't get in)

I agree with Scott. I had to skip a few classes because it was standing room only.

I think Wonderfest is pushing the boundaries of its venue. There is definitely inadequate parking. It seems to me like it is ready to graduate to a small convention center. Wonderfest also need to print more t-shirts. This is the third year in a row that all of the large t-shirts were gone before the doors opened on Saturday.

Is there a link to go to for buying tables?

Good deal.

We learned our lesson this year and renewed Sunday night.

Aradia Miniatures

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