The Midwest Viking Festival camps in their new home in UW-Green Bay this weekend

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

The first Viking Festival which moved to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay last year returns this weekend with a new name, an expanded schedule from one day to two and more than double the number of artists and performers in demonstration.

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

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

Sixty artist demonstrators from across the country will be at work as blacksmiths, goldsmiths, potters, beadmakers, carpenters, weavers, archers and cooks. Some will tell stories. Others will fight. Young children will play medieval games like kubb and hnefatafl.

Approximately 60 demonstrator artists from across the country will participate in the Midwest Viking Festival.  Visitors will learn about Scandinavian culture and the daily life of the Vikings.

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

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