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Next ‘Fest: June 10-11, 2023 | Crowne Plaza Louisville Hotel

WonderFest 2023 - Return of the Builders

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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: $139 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 2023 GUESTS

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

LORNE PETERSON

LORNE PETERSON

ILM Modelmaker, vfx artist: Star Wars Saga, Jurassic Park, Men in Black, Galaxy Quest

CHARLIE BAILEY

CHARLIE BAILEY

Legendary ILM Model Maker: Empire, Jedi, Back to the Future, Spaceballs, Galaxy Quest

BILL GEORGE

BILL GEORGE

ILM Modelmaker, VFX Supervisor: Blade Runner, Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter

KIRK THATCHER

KIRK THATCHER

Writer, Director, Producer: Werewolf by Night, Star Trek, Jedi, Muppets, Dinosaurs

WESLEY EURE & KATHY COLEMAN

WESLEY EURE & KATHY COLEMAN

Actors: Land of the Lost and more!

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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 10th, 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 800 entries in 2022, 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

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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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 33rd 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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1 month ago
WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: KIRK THATCHER
To celebrate STAR WARS: EPISODE VI-RETURN OF THE JEDI's 40th anniversary, we've arranged a reunion of several legendary artists! Watch the docu-series LIGHT & MAGIC on Disney+ to see them in action.

KIRK THATCHER's most enduring fame might be playing the punk rocker on the bus that Spock pinched in STAR TREK IV and appeared again in season 2 of PICARD. That may be changing: In 2022, Kirk starred in Marvel's WEREWOLF BY NIGHT as "Jovan," who had a close encounter with "Ted"—otherwise known as Man-Thing! He was terrific in it, too!

Kirk's an Emmy and Webby award winning writer, producer, creature and production designer and film director. His career began at age 18 working for Industrial Light and Magic. He designed, built, painted, and puppeteered creatures for RETURN OF THE JEDI, STAR TREK II and III, E.T., POLTERGEIST, and GREMLINS. He wrote and co-produced DINOSAURS (reaching new generations on Disney+) and other Muppet TV movies and shows, including TURKEY HOLLOW and MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND.

Recently, Kirk created and executive produced a series for Netflix entitled, THE CURIOUS CREATIONS OF CHRISTINE McCONNELL. He also co-wrote and co-directed the hit MUPPET LIVE Shows that played at the Hollywood Bowl and in London's O2 stadium. Kirk co-wrote and directed MUPPETS HAUNTED MANSION for Disney and joined the writing team of Mystery Science Theater 3000!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2023 #wonderfesthobbyexpo #jedi40 #WerewolfByNight
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT:  KIRK THATCHER
To celebrate STAR WARS: EPISODE VI-RETURN OF THE JEDIs 40th anniversary, weve arranged a reunion of several legendary artists! Watch the docu-series LIGHT & MAGIC on Disney+ to see them in action.

KIRK THATCHERs most enduring fame might be playing the punk rocker on the bus that Spock pinched in STAR TREK IV and appeared again in season 2 of PICARD. That may be changing: In 2022, Kirk starred in Marvels WEREWOLF BY NIGHT as Jovan, who had a close encounter with Ted—otherwise known as Man-Thing! He was terrific in it, too!

Kirks an Emmy and Webby award winning writer, producer, creature and production designer and film director. His career began at age 18 working for Industrial Light and Magic. He designed, built, painted, and puppeteered creatures for RETURN OF THE JEDI, STAR TREK II and III, E.T., POLTERGEIST, and GREMLINS. He wrote and co-produced DINOSAURS (reaching new generations on Disney+) and other Muppet TV movies and shows, including  TURKEY HOLLOW and MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND.

Recently, Kirk created and executive produced a series for Netflix entitled, THE CURIOUS CREATIONS OF CHRISTINE McCONNELL.  He also co-wrote and co-directed the hit MUPPET LIVE Shows that played at the Hollywood Bowl and in Londons O2 stadium. Kirk co-wrote and directed MUPPETS HAUNTED MANSION for Disney and joined the writing team of Mystery Science Theater 3000!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2023 #wonderfesthobbyexpo #jedi40 #WerewolfByNight

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Yay! Looking forward to seeing you again!

This fellow is quite the storyteller. Very entertaining and interesting!

1 month ago
WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: BILL GEORGE
To celebrate STAR WARS: EPISODE VI-RETURN OF THE JEDI's 40th anniversary, we've arranged a reunion of several legendary artists! Watch the docu-series LIGHT & MAGIC on Disney+ to see them in action.

Being the mastermind of the amazing Sci-Fi Air Show would be reason enough for us to invite BILL GEORGE to WonderFest. So would Bill's involvement on the team of modelmakers who restored the Starship Enterprise filming miniature. But his other credits, including an Oscar win, are a mile long!

Bill joined Industrial Light & Magic in 1981. Since then, he has worked as model shop supervisor, art director, matte painter, commercial director, and visual effects supervisor.

Some highlights of his career include miniature construction and design on BLADE RUNNER, art direction and design for five of the STAR TREK films, directing over 30 commercials at ILM and overseeing model construction on GHOSTBUSTERS 2 and ALIVE. In 1988, he received an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on INNERSPACE.

Bill has gone on to earn nominations by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television and the Visual Effects Society (VES) for his work on HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, as well a VES nomination for HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS. His work can also be seen in Disney park attractions: Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure, Soarin’ Around the World, and Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2023 #wonderfesthobbyexpo #jedi40
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: BILL GEORGE
To celebrate STAR WARS: EPISODE VI-RETURN OF THE JEDIs 40th anniversary, weve arranged a reunion of several legendary artists! Watch the docu-series LIGHT & MAGIC on Disney+ to see them in action.

Being the mastermind of the amazing Sci-Fi Air Show would be reason enough for us to invite BILL GEORGE to WonderFest. So would Bills involvement on the team of modelmakers who restored the Starship Enterprise filming miniature. But his other credits, including an Oscar win, are a mile long!

Bill joined Industrial Light & Magic in 1981. Since then, he has worked as model shop supervisor, art director, matte painter, commercial director, and visual effects supervisor.

Some highlights of his career include miniature construction and design on BLADE RUNNER, art direction and design for five of the STAR TREK films, directing over 30 commercials at ILM and overseeing model construction on GHOSTBUSTERS 2 and ALIVE. In 1988, he received an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work on INNERSPACE.

Bill has gone on to earn nominations by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television and the Visual Effects Society (VES) for his work on HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, as well a VES nomination for HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS. His work can also be seen in Disney park attractions: Pirates of the Caribbean Battle for the Sunken Treasure, Soarin’ Around the World, and Star Wars Galaxys Edge.

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2023 #wonderfesthobbyexpo #jedi40

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I’ll be there

Loved meeting him last year. This year will be STELLAR!!

Brandon Beck

Um the I is on the wrong side of the V isn't it?

1 month ago
WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: WESLEY EURE and KATHY COLEMAN
Both actors starred as young siblings Will and Holly Marshall in TV's LAND OF THE LOST, which first ran on NBC Saturday mornings from September 1974 to December 1976. Their family fought to survive in a land populated by dinosaurs and otherworldly beings. Wes and Kathy will be bringing some fun displays and props for photo ops and love to have fun with their fans! Thanks to sponsor Mark Warthling of Pestilence Labs for making this possible!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2023 #wonderfesthobbyexpo #jedi40 #landofthelost
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT:  WESLEY EURE and KATHY COLEMAN 
Both actors starred as young siblings Will and Holly Marshall in TVs LAND OF THE LOST, which first ran on NBC Saturday mornings from September 1974 to December 1976. Their family fought to survive in a land populated by dinosaurs and otherworldly beings. Wes and Kathy will be bringing some fun displays and props for photo ops and love to have fun with their fans! Thanks to sponsor Mark Warthling of Pestilence Labs for making this possible!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2023 #wonderfesthobbyexpo #jedi40 #landofthelost

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We are so excited to be coming! This is gonna be so much fun!

My wife and I just reserved a room!

I am beyond excited about meeting them!

It would be awesome if you got Gerry Conway!

Yes!

This makes me so happy!!

so looking forward to this!

Can’t wait 👍

Okay, folks! This is your chance! How many of us who grew up in the 70s had a fantasy of being in that raft with Will and Holly, and "plunging down a thousand feet below to the Land of the Lost"? Well, I finally got my chance last Summer (see pic), and now YOU CAN TOO! Get your tickets for WonderFest!

My Favorite childhood show!!

Alice Bakara

I can still hear that hissing from those stupid slee stacks

Yea !!!!!!!!!!

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1 month ago
WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: CHARLIE BAILEY
To celebrate STAR WARS: EPISODE VI-RETURN OF THE JEDI's 40th anniversary, we've arranged a reunion of several legendary artists! Watch the docu-series LIGHT & MAGIC on Disney+ to see them in action.

CHARLIE BAILEY joined the STAR WARS universe as a model maker for EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. He was a vital part of the miniature and optical effects unit of the groundbreaking ILM (Industrial Light and Magic). His credits quickly grew to include EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI, INDIANA JONES films, THE ROCKETEER, BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy, SPACEBALLS, GALAXY QUEST, and PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN, in addition to many more! Charlie will be sharing stories from his time at ILM at WonderFest. We're so honored to have him!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2023 #wonderfesthobbyexpo #jedi40
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: CHARLIE BAILEY
To celebrate STAR WARS: EPISODE VI-RETURN OF THE JEDIs 40th anniversary, weve arranged a reunion of several legendary artists! Watch the docu-series LIGHT & MAGIC on Disney+ to see them in action.

CHARLIE BAILEY joined the STAR WARS universe as a model maker for EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. He was a vital part of the miniature and optical effects unit of the groundbreaking ILM (Industrial Light and Magic). His credits quickly grew to include EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI, INDIANA JONES films, THE ROCKETEER, BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy, SPACEBALLS, GALAXY QUEST, and PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN, in addition to many more! Charlie will be sharing stories from his time at ILM at WonderFest. Were so honored to have him!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2023 #wonderfesthobbyexpo #jedi40

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1 month ago
WonderFest USA

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: LORNE PETERSON!
To celebrate STAR WARS: EPISODE VI-RETURN OF THE JEDI's 40th anniversary, we've arranged a reunion of several legendary artists! Watch the docu-series LIGHT & MAGIC on Disney+ to see them in action.

LORNE PETERSON is one of the founding members of Industrial Light & Magic. He was hired by George Lucas to help create the models for the first STAR WARS movie in 1975. In 1978, he oversaw the entire production of models for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. His signature is evident on nearly every model used in the original trilogy. Lorne's work is also showcased in the entire STAR WARS saga, JURASSIC PARK, MEN IN BLACK, GALAXY QUEST, and the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films. "Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop" was his first book. Lorne's first WonderFest visit was in 2011. We're glad to have him back!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2023 #wonderfesthobbyexpo #jedi40
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: LORNE PETERSON!
To celebrate STAR WARS: EPISODE VI-RETURN OF THE JEDIs 40th anniversary, weve arranged a reunion of several legendary artists! Watch the docu-series LIGHT & MAGIC on Disney+ to see them in action.

LORNE PETERSON is one of the founding members of Industrial Light & Magic. He was hired by George Lucas to help create the models for the first STAR WARS movie in 1975. In 1978, he oversaw the entire production of models for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. His signature is evident on nearly every model used in the original trilogy. Lornes work is also showcased in the entire STAR WARS saga, JURASSIC PARK, MEN IN BLACK, GALAXY QUEST, and the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films. Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop was his first book. Lornes first WonderFest visit was in 2011. Were glad to have him back!

Find show details at: www.wonderfest.com
#wonderfest2023 #wonderfesthobbyexpo #jedi40

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Damn , I’d love to be at wonderfest this year!!

This is fantastic news!

I am gonna have to see if I can make it this year.

Bangarang

Awesome!!!!

Fantastic!!!!

Awesome!

YESSSS!!!!

Nice!

holy shit!

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