Whitestown Viking Fest to return April 12-14


The Town of Whitestown will hold its second Viking Fest April 12-14 at Anson Acres to celebrate Norse culture.

“We have a village set up with the Norseman from Michigan Living History Society,” said Sarah Burns, event coordinator. “They do re-enactments and teach people about the way people lived back then. We also have the Vikings of North America setting up a village. They’re going to do demonstrations and fight re-enactments.”

Take Flight! Wildlife Education will be on-site to offer insight on falconry.

“For Viking Fest, we will be re-enacting medieval falconry, in costume and in character, as well as linking raptor natural history and wildlife conservation to our historical connections with these birds,” Mark Booth, Take Flight! wildlife education director, stated in an email. “Falconry was well known to Scandinavian folks during the Viking time period.”

The family friendly event will have a designated kids’ area.

“The kids will be able to make their own shields,” Burns said. “They will also be able to participate in an herbal class. There will also be an animal sanctuary bringing different animals for the kids to see. We will also have artisans selling era-appropriate items, and we have Viking-style food. Turkey legs, scotch eggs, different soups, and then there will be some items for kids like grilled cheese.

“We want to make sure everyone has options on different things that they can eat.”

Guests can enjoy music by different bands, including Pictus, Highland Reign and Celtic Rain.

“The music will be going on at several times throughout each day,” Burns said.
Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Misbeehavin’ Meads will create a special mead for the event. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more, visit facebook.com/VikingFestWhitestown.

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