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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: $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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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 2021 GUESTS

Click their names to read about them. All appearances are tentative.

CHASE MASTERSON

CHASE MASTERSON

Actress, vocalist, Deep Space Nine, The Flash, co-founder Pop Culture Hero Coalition

GREG NICOTERO

GREG NICOTERO

Director, Producer, Makeup, Creepshow, Walking Dead, Evil Dead

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

DAREN DOCHTERMAN

DAREN DOCHTERMAN

Concept Artist, Visual Effects, Art Direction

FRANK DIETZ

FRANK DIETZ

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

JOHN EAVES

JOHN EAVES

Production Illustrator, Star Trek, Marvel

BILL DIAMOND

BILL DIAMOND

Producing, directing, puppeteering

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

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

… and I have model room envy.

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

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! 😊👍🏻

Those guys look grimly determined.

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?

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

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

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!!

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

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!

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.

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!!

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

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!

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.

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

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!!

Thank you to everyone who put on another great show.

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! 😎

Curious, What was the contest entry count? Congratulations on being back. Glad to see ya.

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!.

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

Really enjoyed the show and the goodie bag the Cult TV Man gave out was great Thanks and look forward to next year

My sculpting career kind of took me in a different direction, so I hadn’t been at WonderFest in almost 15 years. People are just as great as I remember them. Great show guys.

Fantastic show and a much-needed dose of "fun" after last year. I got to escape from the Dealer's Room once and a while and the folks I saw looked like they were having a blast. 780 contest entries were astounding, but I guess we were all being productive since the 2019 show. Being able to see friends again, up close and in-person, was a true joy. And the show staff did an incredible job keeping things running smoothly. Now it's time to unpack my new apron and get to work on entries for next year!

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.

I greatly enjoyed the 10 I attended but unfortunately not for 3 years now. I am going to make plans to be there next year starting now.

Came for the AFM class and stayed the weekend. So happy to see the turnout for the show, we all needed it (I know I did!). Already planning for next year, hope to enter a few kits in the contest this time! Thank you for everything!

Had a great time, and looking forward to an even greater one in 2022! Thanks for everything you do - you're a wizard, Harry!

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2 weeks ago
WonderFest USA

AFM's 2021 Model Boot Camp has now concluded for the year! Thanks to everyone who participated and thank you to AFM publisher Terry J. Webb, AFM Staff writer and instructor Dave Prosser and AFM staff writer Julian Johnston for the instruction today! Can't wait till next year's class! Alot of great Batman pieces left the class today. Congratulations to everyone involved! ... See MoreSee Less

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Robert Raver Matthew Stowell can’t wait to see them!

Little gender one sided isn't this group!! Encourage more diversity!

Awesome class 👍

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