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

It's the Future of Modeling!



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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…


Announcements will be made late in 2023/early 2024. Keep watching this site!



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.


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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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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.


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From our Facebook feed...

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2 weeks ago
WonderFest USA

Round 2 has a group offer for modelers who want to participate in the Galileo Mashup Challenge. We'll let Jamie Hood share the news:Round 2 Models is excited to present a Startrek Day special offer! A group build is being organized for WonderFest USA 2024 featuring our Polar Lights Galileo Shuttle kit and it will be available for a special sale price of only $39.99 from Join the Facebook group to get more details and the discount code. Hurry because this special price is limited to only 50 kits!
#startrek #startrekday #wonderfestusa
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Round 2 has a group offer for modelers who want to participate in the Galileo Mashup Challenge. Well let Jamie Hood share the news:

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Come on in the water is fine!

Can you already be in the process of building it to be a part of this?

Do you have a sale on just the interior kit? Some of us bought it when it first came out and was just a shell

Oh, this is dangerous…😝

3 months ago
WonderFest USA

See the list of winners of the 2023 WonderFest Amazing Model Contest now on our website. We had an all-time record 1,049 entries! Our thanks go to the entrants, judges, and contest team. The photo below by Marci Seletas gets it almost all in--Amazing!

If you see errors in the list, contact us using the form on our homepage and we'll get them corrected.
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See the list of winners of the 2023 WonderFest Amazing Model Contest now on our website. We had an all-time record 1,049 entries! Our thanks go to the entrants, judges, and contest team. The photo below by Marci Seletas gets it almost all in--Amazing!

If you see errors in the list, contact us using the form on our homepage and well get them corrected.

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Great being at such a record setting year! 🙂

Enjoyable show …. as usual! 😄

Thank you for listing all the award winners. Using that list I was able to identify who built some of the great models in the contest.

Are there pictures anywhere of the " main" winners?

There seem to be some gaps in the Merits, especially in Vehicles.

Email sent with corrections for my entries.

I know what the B is but what is the check mark? I noticed my name and several others wasn’t listed in the winner section

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3 months ago
WonderFest USA

Wonderfest 2023 will soon be in the books for me. I still have tasks to do before the show is truly put to bed. There is partying going on still into the late hours of the last day. The dealer and contest rooms are now empty. There are tables askew and boxes and paper about as if some giant Borg cube had come and scooped it all away. As I sit here in a comfortable chair, my poor legs and feet hurting from all my dashing about during the show  I cannot help but be proud of all the people that work so hard to put it on. Some of them you may know, and some of them you may not. But they are all fantastic in the jobs they do.
Our core group consists of Melinda Angstrom, Lee Staton, Barbara Staton, Faye Houser, George Seletas, Marci Seletas, David Smith, Beau Kaelin, Drew and Stephanie Roberts, Tom King, and Kim Doom. These are the folks that work most of the year to put everything together. It is not a small undertaking. When the actual show takes place there are many more folks who come together with us to help it run as smoothly as any show ever. Many of our guests and dealers have also been with us for the long-haul. The list of names are long, and I can never thank them enough. They are all deserving. I want to thank all of you that came to see us. Thanks for the support, the laughs, and the comradeship. It makes us what we are. The best damn show of it’s kind.
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The best team ever!❤️❤️ And thank you Dave for both the leadership and the friendship

Thank you to WonderFest for making Kathy Coleman and I feel so welcome! You truly are one of the best conventions we’ve ever been to. Your hospitality is out of this world! Again, thank you for letting us play in your playground!

Amazing show! All the hard work is well appreciated!

Congratulations 🎊🎈🎉 Enjoyed the show and looking forward to 2024

Thank you to ALL!! We had a great time! ❤️

We thank you all for a great, well-run show!!

Thanks for another great show!

Congrats to the entire WF Team. Another outstanding show - Record crowds, record contest entries! The fact that you've been putting on a quality show like this for over 30 years is mind blowing!

Thank you so much for putting on another wonderful show. This is always my favorite weekend of the year!

You guys are wonderful. Thanks for such a fantastic event.

Great show, as always! My 15th, going back to 2007 for my first time. 🙂


Awesome 👏

My first show. It was terrific. Thank you for making it happen.

It was an awesome show. Be proud of your accomplishment😀

Bravo to you all. Outstanding show as always.

Well done!!

Simply the best!

Great, great show-this year and always! Thank you so much for all your effort and hard work!!!

Another show for the record books!! Everyone truly did an amazing job!!!!

First time attending, I enjoyed myself very much. It was a great show, a good variety of dealers and some amazing contest entries. The after party was a lot of fun. I hope to be able to attend again.

Enjoyed the show this year. It was my 27th year. Good crowds this year with record number of model entries. Everyone was friendly. Looking forward to next year. Thanks for all your hard work in making this event such a success.

Thank you so much for such an awesome convention experience. My kids and I had an amazing time.

I came for Land of the Lost yet learned so much about the models and enjoyed looking at all the creativity! Can’t wait to see winners!

A truly great time for me and my kiddo. Thank you!!

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