Viking for a Day

Over 7,000 people recently spent the weekend living it up Viking-style at the 12th Annual Viking Festival hosted by the Norwegian Fish Club Odin and the Sons of Norway Lodge. The two-day event offered fun for all ages, with activities ranging from axe and spear throwing, to archery, and shield and face painting. A genealogy information table allowed those in attendance to discover their Nordic roots and vendor booths selling helmets, swords, and Valkyrie attire allowed people to get into the theme of the weekend. Contests were also held in activities such as the log toss, battle cry, fish fling, and a new favorite for this year – the “Fear the Beard” beard contest. Other highlights included demonstrations in authentic encampments and sword and flaming axe battles put on by various performance guilds. Several Celtic-style bands performed live music on two different stages and two beer gardens offered local, handcrafted ales and meads brewed exclusively for the festival. The purpose of the Norwegian Fish Club Odin and the Sons of Norway Lodge is to preserve Viking and Norwegian culture for the pleasure of all.