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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 30th 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.

MEET THE 2019 GUESTS

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SAM IRVIN

SAM IRVIN

Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Teacher

MARTA KRISTEN

MARTA KRISTEN

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

DON FRYE

DON FRYE

Actor: Godzilla: Final Wars, Miami Vice, Public Enemies

THOMAS KUNTZ

THOMAS KUNTZ

Sculptor, Automata Creator

DAREN DOCHTERMAN

DAREN DOCHTERMAN

Concept Artist, Visual Effects, Art Direction

CRAIG LINDBERG

CRAIG LINDBERG

Makeup/Effects: Walking Dead, The Tick, SNL

JAY LEISTEN

JAY LEISTEN

Comic Artist: Uncanny X-Men, Iron Man, Return of Wolverine

FRANK DIETZ

FRANK DIETZ

Actor, Writer, Animator, Producer, Director

JOHN EAVES

JOHN EAVES

Production Illustrator

WILLIAM STOUT

WILLIAM STOUT

Paleo Artist & Production Design, Return of the Living Dead

KEN PALKOW

KEN PALKOW

Propmaker: Altered Carbon, Deadpool 2, Star Trek Beyond

ERIC CHU

ERIC CHU

Designer-Illustrator: Battlestar Galactica, Droids, Firestorm

RICK STERNBACH

RICK STERNBACH

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

MARTIN BOWER

MARTIN BOWER

Movie & TV Model Maker

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

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Tickets

Sold at the door only.
Adults: $30 for 1-day, $45 for 2-days.
Ages 4 to 12: $10 for 1-day, $15 for 2-days
Age 3 and under free.
Ticket booth hours…

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Hotel & Restaurant

Special WonderFest room rates at the Crowne: $124 per night for up to 4 people! It’s convenient to stay in the show hotel with an award-winning restaurant
Reserve a room online…

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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…

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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

  • $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 700 entries in 2018, it took up the entire ballroom and featured some of the best modeling we’ve ever seen.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

MAY 31 & JUNE 1-2, 2019

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1DEALER ROOMS OPEN10A-5PDealer A & B
2HOW-TO DEMOS11A-5PElliott, Franklin, Grant
3GUEST TALKS10A-4:30PTheaters A & B
4CONTEST ENTRIES8A-NoonCoronet
5CONTEST VIEWINGNoon-5PCoronet
6RONDO AWARDS5P-7PTheater A
7CHILLER CINEMA LIVE7:30P-11:30PTheater B
8RoboCon at WonderFest10AM-5PMDealer A
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1DEALER ROOMS OPEN10A-5PDealer A & B
2HOW-TO DEMOS10A-2PElliott, Franklin, Grant
3CONTEST VIEWING10A-3PCoronet
4GUEST TALKS10A-3PTheaters A & B
5CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY3P-4PTheater B
6ROBOCON AT WONDERFEST 10AM-5PMDealer A
7WONDERFEST WRAP PARTY7:30P-9:30PTheater A

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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HIGHLIGHTS FROM WONDERFEST 2018

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THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

They help make this event possible!

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WONDERFEST LATEST NEWS

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4 hours ago

WonderFest USA

SPECIAL WORKSHOP - Sunday, June 2nd, 12:30PM
"Hollywood on a Cosplay Budget"! Master movie propmaker Ken Palkow meets master cosplayer Scott Pope in a creative and revealing presentation about translating mega-buck original movie props and weapons into fan-friendly versions for costuming and more. Ken always puts on an exciting display at WonderFest and takes it to the next level with this instructional session on how to wow the public and fellow creators with unique and lightweight materials on a budget!

Read more about our guest presentations at wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/programming/#guestpres
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SPECIAL WORKSHOP - Sunday, June 2nd, 12:30PM
Hollywood on a Cosplay Budget! Master movie propmaker Ken Palkow meets master cosplayer Scott Pope in a creative and revealing presentation about translating mega-buck original movie props and weapons into fan-friendly versions for costuming and more.  Ken always puts on an exciting display at WonderFest and takes it to the next level with this instructional session on how to wow the public and fellow creators with unique and lightweight materials on a budget!

Read more about our guest presentations at https://wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/programming/#guestpres

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Can somebody record that one for me? I'm sorry I'm gonna miss it!

Nice!

1 day ago

WonderFest USA

Just a reminder that Monster Kid FRANK DIETZ is returning for our 30th--and we're delighted! Frank's had a busy year. A new movie comedy he wrote, I HATE KIDS, opened January 18th. He helped out animating the penguins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, and he starred in the radio comedy WHAT ABOUT BLOB? with Brian Howe, Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu from "Mystery Science Theater 3000."

Frank has a new book coming out in time for WonderFest, called "Sketchy Things: Beauties and Beasts" featuring art inspired by Frank's favorite gals and monsters.

For info about tickets, hotel and more, visit www.wonderfest.com.
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Just a reminder that Monster Kid FRANK DIETZ is returning for our 30th--and were delighted! Franks had a busy year. A new movie comedy he wrote, I HATE KIDS, opened January 18th. He helped out animating the penguins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, and he starred in the radio comedy WHAT ABOUT BLOB? with Brian Howe, Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu from Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Frank has a new book coming out in time for WonderFest, called Sketchy Things: Beauties and Beasts featuring art inspired by Franks favorite gals and monsters.

For info about tickets, hotel and more, visit www.wonderfest.com.

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See you there Frank

2 days ago

WonderFest USA

NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: Sam Irvin is a two-time Rondo Award winning veteran film and television director, producer, screenwriter, author, journalist and film teacher. His credits include working with Brian De Palma on THE FURY & DRESSED TO KILL, directing the supernatural TV series DANTE'S COVE, to being co-executive producer of the Academy Award-winning GODS AND MONSTERS. A published author, he has written articles for such horror genre magazines as "Little Shoppe of Horrors," "Screem," "Cinefantastique," and his own fanzine "Bizarre." His long-standing friendship and association with Cassandra Peterson resulted in his directing her second feature film, ELVIRA'S HAUNTED HILLS. We'll be screaming it...er, screening it on Sunday morning at 10:30, followed by a Q&A with Sam.

Read more about Sam at: wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/guests/
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NEW GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT:  Sam Irvin is a two-time Rondo Award winning veteran film and television director, producer, screenwriter, author, journalist and film teacher. His credits include working with Brian De Palma on THE FURY & DRESSED TO KILL, directing the supernatural TV series DANTES COVE, to being co-executive producer of the Academy Award-winning GODS AND MONSTERS. A published author, he has written articles for such horror genre magazines as Little Shoppe of Horrors, Screem, Cinefantastique, and his own fanzine Bizarre. His long-standing friendship and association with Cassandra Peterson resulted in his directing her second feature film, ELVIRAS HAUNTED HILLS. Well be screaming it...er, screening it on Sunday morning at 10:30, followed by a Q&A with Sam.

Read more about Sam at: https://wonderfest.com/upcoming-show/guests/

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Damn I though Elvira was coming.......

3 days ago

WonderFest USA

Well faithful WonderFest fans, we'd no sooner posted this evening about our guest Don Frye when we received a message that he's had a serious back injury and emergency surgery (with a graphic photo included) and must, regretfully, cancel his appearance at WonderFest 2019. We're very sorry to deliver this bad news. And we know that all of his fans will wish Don well in his recovery. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hope he gets well soon

Health comes first. Wonderfest will be there for him next year. All the best.

Ahhhhhhhhhhh damn. Oh well. Hope he feels better. Really wanted to buy him a drink

Well Damn...

5 days ago

WonderFest USA

We're so thrilled to welcome back one of our nicest guests ever: the delightful Marta Kristen. Best known as the original "Judy Robinson" in TV's LOST IN SPACE, Marta has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies. At WonderFest, she'll be at a table in a room with at least a dozen LOST IN SPACE Robot replicas, as part of RoboCon at WonderFest. Marta's appearance is sponsored by CultTVman!

Find all the WonderFest details at: www.wonderfest.com
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Were so thrilled to welcome back one of our nicest guests ever: the delightful Marta Kristen. Best known as the original Judy Robinson in TVs LOST IN SPACE, Marta has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies. At WonderFest, shell be at a table in a room with at least a dozen LOST IN SPACE Robot replicas, as part of RoboCon at WonderFest. Martas appearance is sponsored by CultTVman!

Find all the WonderFest details at: www.wonderfest.com

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I liked her better as a mermaid! 😉

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