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Next ‘Fest: June 1-2, 2024 | Crowne Plaza Louisville Hotel

WonderFest 2024, June 1 & 2

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PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

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Tickets

Sold at the door only.
Adults: $33 for 1-day, $48 for 2-days.
Ages 4 to 12: $12 for 1-day, $18 for 2-days
Age 3 and under free.
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Hotel & Restaurant

Special WonderFest room rate at the Crowne: $142 per night! It’s convenient to stay in our show hotel with an award-winning restaurant
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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…

MEET THE 2024 GUESTS

More announcements to come in early 2024. Keep watching this site!

JOE DANTE

JOE DANTE

Director: Gremlins, Piranha, The Howling, Explorers, Innerspace, Small Soldiers, The 'Burbs

BELINDA BALASKI

BELINDA BALASKI

Artist, writer & actress: Piranha, The Howling, Gremlins 1 & 2, Matinee, Food of the Gods

FON DAVIS

FON DAVIS

Production designer, modelmaker: Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline

ROB WIETHOFF

ROB WIETHOFF

Voice actor, producer: Red Dead Redemption 1 & 2

CHERYL SPARKS

CHERYL SPARKS

Huey drone performer in Silent Running

NICK TATE

NICK TATE

Actor: SPACE: 1999, Lost, Pretty Little Liars, The Devil's Playground, The Blacklist

FRANK DIETZ

FRANK DIETZ

Actor, Writer, Animator, Producer, Director: Creepshow, I Hate Kids, Black Roses, Zombie Nightmare

JOHN EAVES

JOHN EAVES

Production Illustrator, Star Trek Picard, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and 3, WandaVision, Loki

DAREN DOCHTERMAN

DAREN DOCHTERMAN

Concept Artist, Visual Effects, Art Direction

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

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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

  • $15.00 per first 2 models for adults, up to 8 additional entries free
  • $10.00 per first 2 models for teens, up to 8 add’l entries free (ages 13-19)
  • Free for ages 12 & under

With over 1,049 entries in 2023, it filled an entire ballroom and featured some of the best modeling we’ve ever seen.

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

4pm Saturday! Fandom’s only classic horror awards—decided by 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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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 34th 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.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

They help make this event possible!

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WONDERFEST LATEST NEWS

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5 days ago
WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT:
JOHN EAVES beams down for another WonderFest visit! His most recent work can be seen in season three of STAR TREK PICARD and Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3, SPIDERMAN: NO WAY HOME, WANDAVISION, FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, LOKI, HAWKEYE, and SHE-HULK. It's only fitting that John was presented with the Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement honor because he has a credit list that stretches from here to low earth orbit!

John's book, "Star Trek: The Art of John Eaves," tells a fascinating personal story about his life and work on various STAR TREK projects. A master FX modeler, production and fine artist and pinup photographer(!) as well, John always delivers fascinating behind-the-scenes presentations to attendees and leaves us wanting more.

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2024 #johneaves #wonderfesthobbyexpo #StarTrek
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: 
JOHN EAVES beams down for another WonderFest visit! His most recent work can be seen in season three of STAR TREK PICARD and Marvels GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3, SPIDERMAN: NO WAY HOME, WANDAVISION, FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, LOKI, HAWKEYE, and SHE-HULK. Its only fitting that John was presented with the Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement honor because he has a credit list that stretches from here to low earth orbit! 

Johns book, Star Trek: The Art of John Eaves, tells a fascinating personal story about his life and work on various STAR TREK projects. A master FX modeler, production and fine artist and pinup photographer(!) as well, John always delivers fascinating behind-the-scenes presentations to attendees and leaves us wanting more.

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2024 #johneaves #wonderfesthobbyexpo #StarTrek
7 days ago
WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT:
We're thrilled to welcome back concept artist DAREN DOCHTERMAN! His work is featured on STAR TREK PICARD, WESTWORLD, STAR TREK BEYOND, BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, TRON: LEGACY, PASSENGERS, and MASTER AND COMMANDER. Daren may be best known for his work as Visual Effects Supervisor for Robert Wise on the Director's Edition of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, where was once again part of the team to upgrade the movie to 4K video! Daren's part of the Inglorious Treksperts podcast, as well as the Weirded Beardos podcast with fellow WF guest Kirk Thatcher!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2024 #DarenDochterman #wonderfesthobbyexpo #inglorioustreksperts #weirdedbeardos
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: 
Were thrilled to welcome back concept artist DAREN DOCHTERMAN! His work is featured on STAR TREK PICARD, WESTWORLD, STAR TREK BEYOND, BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, TRON: LEGACY, PASSENGERS, and MASTER AND COMMANDER. Daren may be best known for his work as Visual Effects Supervisor for Robert Wise on the Directors Edition of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, where was once again part of the team to upgrade the movie to 4K video! Darens part of the Inglorious Treksperts podcast, as well as the Weirded Beardos podcast with fellow WF guest Kirk Thatcher!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2024 #DarenDochterman #wonderfesthobbyexpo #inglorioustreksperts #weirdedbeardos
7 days 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.

Modelers note: Back in 2004, Rick began Space Model Systems, Inc, providing the space modeler with what many consider the best aftermarket waterslide decals for historical spacecraft and s-f. They’re amazing!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2024 #wonderfesthobbyexpo #StarTrek #TheLastStarfighter
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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. 

Modelers note: Back in 2004, Rick began Space Model Systems, Inc, providing the space modeler with what many consider the best aftermarket waterslide decals for historical spacecraft and s-f. They’re amazing!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2024 #wonderfesthobbyexpo #StarTrek #TheLastStarfighter
1 week ago
WonderFest USA

From George Seletas, WonderFest Contest Chief:

Hiya gang! Well, it’s that time of the year again! You now have 100 DAYS to finish your entries for The Amazing Model Contest at WonderFest. We’re really hoping to see even more of the outstanding work that we saw last year. Always remember that what separates us from other shows is that we’re strongly focused on imagination, inspiration, and most of all FUN!

I would also like to relay to all that ON LINE REGISTRATION will be open starting APRIL 1st. I cannot stress enough the importance of doing this as it will save entrants a lot of time. More about this in a few weeks.

So... TICK TOCK everybody! There’s no pressure---YET!!!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2024 #amazingmodelcontest #wonderfesthobbyexpo
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From George Seletas, WonderFest Contest Chief:

Hiya gang! Well, it’s that time of the year again! You now have 100 DAYS to finish your entries for The Amazing Model Contest at WonderFest. We’re really hoping to see even more of the outstanding work that we saw last year. Always remember that what separates us from other shows is that we’re strongly focused on imagination, inspiration, and most of all FUN!  

I would also like to relay to all that ON LINE REGISTRATION will be open starting APRIL 1st. I cannot stress enough the importance of doing this as it will save entrants a lot of time. More about this in a few weeks.  

So... TICK TOCK everybody! There’s no pressure---YET!!!  

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2024 #amazingmodelcontest #wonderfesthobbyexpo
1 week ago
WonderFest USA

The Black Heart/Badger Friday class is now open for Registration.Registration is now open for the 2024 Black Heart Models/Badger Airbrush model finishing class at WonderFest USA. Check out the details at static.madedaily.com/files/d2833958-c131-40de-b92b-f899af736d95/61839/WFest%202024%20class%20flye.... last year's class sold out quickly. We expect the same for this year's class. ... See MoreSee Less

The Black Heart/Badger Friday class is now open for Registration.
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