Midwest Viking Festival camps at new home at UW-Green Bay this weekend

GREEN BAY – The Vikings are coming, and there will be more of them.

The first-time Viking Festival that set up camp last year at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay returns this weekend with a new name, an expanded schedule from one day to two and more than double the demonstrating artists and performers.

Sorry, still no hokey Hollywood horn helmets and definitely none of those purple-clad Vikings from across the Minnesota border who pillaged and plundered the Packers season opener.

The Midwest Viking Festival, as it’s now called, aims to give visitors an authentic look at Scandinavian history and culture by transforming the grounds outside the university’s replica Viking House into a Viking encampment on Friday and Saturday.

Sixty demonstrating artists from across the country will be at work as blacksmiths, silversmiths, potters, glass bead makers, woodworkers, weavers, archers and cooks. Some will tell stories. Others will do battle. Young children will play medieval games like kubb and hnefatafl.

About 60 demonstrating artists from across the country will take part in the Midwest Viking Festival.  Visitors will learn about Scandinavian culture and Viking daily life.

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“I think people when they come to a Viking festival they think they’re going to see men with swords and in armor. We are showing all aspects of daily life a thousand years ago, so that, of course, means women and kids and how people would live,” said Heidi Sherman, an associate professor of history at UWGB and director of the Viking House.

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