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Next ‘Fest: June 5-6, 2021 | Crowne Plaza Louisville Hotel

Yes we're back! June 5-6. 2021

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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: $132 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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COVID-19 Precautions

For the safety of all in attendance, face masks will be required in all convention areas, plus state and CDC guidelines at the time of the event will be followed.

MEET THE 2021 GUESTS

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KIRK THATCHER

KIRK THATCHER

Writer, Director, Producer: Star Trek, Jedi, Muppets, Dinosaurs

MARTA KRISTEN

MARTA KRISTEN

Actress: Lost in Space, Man from U.N.C.L.E, Murphy Brown

SAM IRVIN

SAM IRVIN

Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Teacher

FRANK DIETZ

FRANK DIETZ

Actor, Writer, Animator, Producer, Director: Creepshow, I Hate Kids, Mary Poppins Returns

MARK MADDOX

MARK MADDOX

Rondo-Winning Artist, HorrorHound Magazine, Little Shoppe of Horrors

WILLIAM STOUT

WILLIAM STOUT

Paleo Artist & Production Design, Return of the Living Dead

RICK STERNBACH

RICK STERNBACH

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

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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 5th, 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 823 entries in 2019, 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 31st 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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6 days ago
WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT
SAM IRVIN is a fan favorite director of ELVIRA’S HAUNTED HILLS, DANTE’S COVE and OBLIVION, and executive producer of GODS AND MONSTERS--and Brian De Palma’s assistant on THE FURY and DRESSED TO KILL. Plus he's a two-time Rondo Award-winning horror movie journalist. This year Sam is nominated for THREE Rondo Awards for "Best Article" (DRESSED TO KILL memoir in BOOBS AND BLOOD magazine), and "Best Commentator" & "Best Extras" for Scream Factory’s FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY Blu-ray. Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2021 #samirvin #wonderfesthobbyexpo
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT
SAM IRVIN is a fan favorite director of ELVIRA’S HAUNTED HILLS, DANTE’S COVE and OBLIVION, and executive producer of GODS AND MONSTERS--and  Brian De Palma’s assistant on THE FURY and DRESSED TO KILL. Plus hes a two-time Rondo Award-winning horror movie journalist. This year Sam is nominated for THREE Rondo Awards for Best Article (DRESSED TO KILL memoir in BOOBS AND BLOOD magazine), and Best Commentator & Best Extras for Scream Factory’s FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY Blu-ray. Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2021 #samirvin  #wonderfesthobbyexpo
2 weeks ago
WonderFest USA

SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Celebrate 40 years of Indiana Jones with a whip-cracking adventure in which a real-life archaeologist tracks down the real history behind 1981's classic RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Best-selling writer DR. DAVID WEST REYNOLDS pursued Indy's trail around the world, tracking down not only the original RAIDERS filming sites in Tunisia and Hawaii but also the 'real' locations where Indiana Jones was supposed to have been--in Peru and Egypt. From a German flying wing to the original Ark of the Covenant prop in the Lucasfilm Archives, Dr. Reynolds offers a spirited first-hand journey into the world of Indiana Jones. Known for rediscovering the lost Tatooine filming locations and writing best-selling STAR WARS guide books, Reynolds also worked with NASA on book projects. Recently he's been collaborating on Oscar-winning STAR WARS set decorator Roger Christian’s new documentary, GALAXY BUILT ON HOPE.
Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfestusa #wonderfest2021 #raiders40
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SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Celebrate 40 years of Indiana Jones with a whip-cracking adventure in which a real-life archaeologist tracks down the real history behind 1981s classic RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Best-selling writer DR. DAVID WEST REYNOLDS pursued Indys trail around the world, tracking down not only the original RAIDERS filming sites in Tunisia and Hawaii but also the real locations where Indiana Jones was supposed to have been--in Peru and Egypt. From a German flying wing to the original Ark of the Covenant prop in the Lucasfilm Archives, Dr. Reynolds offers a spirited first-hand journey into the world of Indiana Jones. Known for rediscovering the lost Tatooine filming locations and writing best-selling STAR WARS guide books, Reynolds also worked with NASA on book projects. Recently hes been collaborating on Oscar-winning STAR WARS set decorator Roger Christian’s new documentary, GALAXY BUILT ON HOPE.
Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfestusa #wonderfest2021 #raiders40

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Very cool

That looks great, David!

"It belongs in a museum!"

Sweet!!

DANG IT! I can't go this year.

Katy P Miller

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2 weeks ago
WonderFest USA

DANGER! DANGER! Slap on your Power Packs and roll into the world of LOST IN SPACE at WonderFest! Meet actress MARTA KRISTEN, the original Judy Robinson from the classic series! You’ll see several life-size LOST IN SPACE robots, plus a gorgeous recreation of the Jupiter II’s Flight Deck. The B9 Builders Club and LOST IN SPACE affiliations are sponsored by SciFiMetropolis! Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfestusa #wonderfest2021 #b9builders #lostinspace #martakristen
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DANGER! DANGER! Slap on your Power Packs and roll into the world of LOST IN SPACE at WonderFest! Meet actress MARTA KRISTEN, the original Judy Robinson from the classic series! You’ll see several life-size LOST IN SPACE robots, plus a gorgeous recreation of the Jupiter II’s Flight Deck. The B9 Builders Club and LOST IN SPACE affiliations are sponsored by SciFiMetropolis! Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfestusa #wonderfest2021 #b9builders #lostinspace #martakristen

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Glad to see she is back! It was a pleasure to meet her last time She was there!

I am so there!!

Matthew Stiles I bet your dad and mom would love this . Bonita Brown Stiles

I know she and Mark Goddard were scheduled to appear together last year before the show was canceled. Is Mark going to be appearing this year?

3 weeks ago
WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT
Fan fave FRANK DIETZ is a writer on the TV series CREEPSHOW. His season 2 episode, "Pesticide," airs April 8th on streaming network Shudder--and it's directed by our friend and past guest GREG NICOTERO! Catch a comedy film Frank scripted, I HATE KIDS, over on Amazon Prime. An experienced traditional animation artist, Frank was called in to help animate the penguins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS. His most recent book, "Sketchy Things: Beauties and Beasts," features art inspired by Frank's favorite gals and monsters.
Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfestusa #wonderfest2021 #frankdietz #sketchythings #creepshow #pesticide
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT
Fan fave FRANK DIETZ is a writer on the TV series CREEPSHOW. His season 2 episode, Pesticide, airs April 8th on streaming network Shudder--and its directed by our friend and past guest GREG NICOTERO! Catch a comedy film Frank scripted, I HATE KIDS, over on Amazon Prime. An experienced traditional animation artist, Frank was called in to help animate the penguins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS. His most recent book, Sketchy Things: Beauties and Beasts, features art inspired by Franks favorite gals and monsters.
Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfestusa #wonderfest2021 #frankdietz #sketchythings #creepshow #pesticide
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