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Next ‘Fest: June 4-5, 2022 | Crowne Plaza Louisville Hotel

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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 rates at the Crowne: $135 per night for up to 4 people! It’s convenient to stay in the 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.
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MEET THE 2022 GUESTS

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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 4th, 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 780 entries in 2021, it took up the 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

5pm 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 32nd 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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2 months ago
WonderFest USA

And so planning for next year’s show is already underway. And how do we do this?By getting together and building of course. This way we enjoy ourselves while we discuss our plans for the future. With Lee Staton, Dave Conover, and Doug Adams. ... See MoreSee Less

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Those guys look grimly determined.

Ross Waddell They can't. Doug Adams swears too much and it wouldn't be family friendly.... 🤣

If you recorded this, it would be an awesome and entertaining podcast!

BTW, are you guys going to be posting any photos/names of the winning entries in the model competition for 2021? I’d love to know who won what! 😊👍🏻

I want to know how I can join the team and help you guys out! I’d love to be a part of “the Show”!

Wish I had been there.

That whale looks epic!

So how can I get a Wonderfest apron?

… and I have model room envy.

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2 months ago
WonderFest USA

Hello everyone. I just wanted to communicate to you all how profoundly grateful I am that you supported us this year. It really was the most amazing thing I have seen. You could really feel the love for the show like never before. My deepest thanks for all of you and for all your support. I can now happily say, and to paraphrase a famous speech given at the end of each Olympics, “I invite the modelers of the world, the sci-fi and fantasy fans, the artists, the genre followers, to gather one year hence, in Louisville, Ky, in celebration of who we are and what we love.” See you all June 4 and 5, 2022. ... See MoreSee Less

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The crowd was surprisingly large! Our sales were good. THe hotel staff was their usual excellent selves. Thanks for charging through the set backs of 2020 and creating a great show for all this year!.

Good times as always 💯 looking forward to next year !!!

David Hodge, your speech last night was so moving... this show is special, and means so much to all of us!! Thank you and the crew for making it happen, and WHAT A SHOW it was!! Shanna and I enjoyed it very much, and can't wait till next year!!

As I walked into the vendor room at 10AM with my friend, I turned to him and said, "Mike! These are our people!" 🙂

It was sooooo good to be back! I didn’t realize how much we really missed everyone until we got to see them again. Myself and my family had the best time this year and made some memories that will last forever! Thanks for having the show!

Holding the show on schedule was definitely a bold if not brave move. Thanks for making it happen. I think everyone enjoyed it as usual inculding these two guys from Round2 Models

Incredibly well run show, especially under the difficult circumstances. Thank you for everything you do. It was a great weekend!

This was a great show. I came home with a bunch of kits and accessories. I was able to meet up and have great conversations with George Stephenson, Scott Johansen, and Jason Walker. We had a 2 hour conversation in the hall that had us all laughing. This is what it is all about. You bring the community together.

It was a great time. I was happy too see old friends and make a couple of new ones. The contest room was overflowing with artwork built by talented, passionate modelers, while the vendor room fulfilled the need to buy some amazing kits. My project list grew and I’m looking forward to 2022. Thanks for a great show.

It was a great show and thank you for pushing through. Can’t wait until next year!

great show and felt the love see you great people next year

Thanks for bringing the family together. Every year is special but this one was profound. You and the WF team have built something unique and enduring. Thank you from my heart

This year's Wonderfest wasn't just amazing, it was needed. Especially after the past year we have all had to deal with. Thank you!! You, your guest, and your staff are the best! I am looking forward to seeing you all again!

Thank you so much for running this show. I know you didn’t have much time to pull everything together, and you guys did an absolutely amazing job. I was the happiest this weekend that I have been in a long time, and that is all because of the hard work from your crew enabling all of us to come together again. I already miss everyone, and I can’t wait until next year!

It was strange, and beautiful... and I had such a sense of relief just being able to participate with my Wonderfest family. I saw many friends, and missed many others... perhaps one day again. I know that I am already looking forward to next year! See you then!

Another great show. I will be there again next year. Hope to get in on the Friday content next year as well.

You guys did an awesome job my whole family had fun thank you so much

Thank you for putting on a awesome event..I enjoy myself every time I attend. Marta Kristin was awesome as was the Lost in space room. Can we get Mark Goddard to appear with Marta next year possibly? I so look forward to next years event!!

Great show as usual, one of the best for most of the dealers I spoke with. Thanks for all you guys do for the hobby by putting this event together every year. It goes without saying that BH will be there next year and we WILL bring back the Badger/Black Heart airbrushing and finishing class with Jeff Camp and Gordon Oberman and something really cool to paint.

WonderFest USA, Thank YOU. It was a ton of fun. I was only able to attend Saturday, but from the looks of it,, Rocko and the other staff kept things running like a well-oiled Runabout. It was awesome to see. And thanks for keeping everyone safe at the (hopefully) tail-end of this pandemic.

I'll echo what my friends have said about this past amazing weekend, and am so looking forward to joining in the WonderFest activities again next year. Bravo to all in the WF organization who made this possible after so many difficult and uncertain months.

Already looking forward to next year. Thanks too all the staff for an AMAZING show.

I have not missed a show since 1996, and I have to say this was the most positive, joyous, and fun show I've seen in ages! People were so happy to be there seeing old friends, and meeting new ones. Thanks to all for all you do. We appreciate it!!

Absolutely incredible show! Its been so long since I've seen hundreds of people as happy as they were this weekend. Everyone looked like they were having such a good time. So much positive energy and such an amazing convention to bring modelers from all walks of life together for two days to just celebrate the hobbies we love. Can't wait to see everyone next year! 😎

Thank you to everyone who put on another great show.

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