“Real Vikings. No Horns”

Brainerd, MN—The Crow Wing Viking Festival will be held Saturday, August 21st from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the Crow Wing County  Fairgrounds in Brainerd, Minnesota.

The festival features Viking-age crafts, costumes, weapons, mock battles, music, and games. The event strives to be authentic to the Viking age with the slogan, “Real Vikings. No Horns.” The popular conception of horned helmets originated with artists and an opera costume  designer during the 19th century. Attendees will be able to see and try on replica of an actual Viking helmet.

The Crow Wing Viking Festival is family friendly. Admission is capped for a family. Battle reenactments are historically realistic but still  appropriate for all.

A variety of food will be available onsite. As an added delight, the Danish Sisterhood will be making and selling aebleskiver, a puffy, sphere-shaped pancake topped with powdered sugar.

There will be Viking craft demonstrations (weaving, carving, blacksmithing, etc.) using replica tools, skalds (Viking storytellers) recounting stories from Norse mythology, a chance to play the Viking game Kuub, and viewing Icelandic sheep and fjord horses. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6 to 17. Children 5 and under are free. Family maximum price is $35. Tickets are available online at
www.crowwingvikingfestival.com and will also be available at the door. Parking at the Crow Wing Fairgrounds is ample and free.

The Crow Wing Viking Festival is an event of the Sagatun Lodge of the Sons of Norway and Amber Lodge of the Danish Sisterhood and several sponsors. The activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council thanks to the legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, please contact the festival coordinator, Julie Guth. For PR and marketing contact, Dan Hegstad.

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