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38th Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival and

Annual Midwest Viking Festival

June 26-27, 2015

The Midwest Viking Festival and the annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival are joining forces again to present a celebration of Nordic culture from ancient times to today, June 26 and 27 at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, Minnesota. Visitors get two festivals for the price of one.
The Midwest Viking Festival is an outdoor gathering of craftsmen, musicians and living history enthusiasts, from throughout the upper Midwest, who specialize in bringing the Viking Age back to life.  According to Jeff Swenson, the event coordinator of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, there will be re-enactors dressed in period clothing, cooking over an open fire and demonstrating historic crafts.

Visitors will also experience other Viking activities including glass bead making, coin-striking, silver-smithing, runic reading/writing, chainmail production, blacksmithing, wood carving, fiber production, pottery making, and a variety of challenging Viking games. Indoor and outdoor battle demonstrations are scheduled for Friday and Saturday as well.

The Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival is a celebration of Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Danish Cultures.  Visitors will have the chance to walk through the Hjemkomst Center discovering foods from all of the Scandinavian countries; sampling everything from lefse to pickled herring.

Shoppers will take delight in the wide array of items sold at the Scandinavian Marketplace. Rosemaling, wood carvings, jewelry, woolen clothing and even home furnishings are just a few things available to purchase.
To cap the festivities of the day, the Nordic Culture Clubs have organized a series of musical performances at area sites for no extra charge.  Customers are able to indulge in Scandinavian delicacies while listening to professional Nordic musicians in some of the best venues the Fargo/Moorhead community has to offer.

Midwest-Viking-FestivalFestival admission per day is Adults $10, youth (thirteen to seventeen) $5, and children under twelve are free with a paid adult. The Hjemkomst Center is at 202 1st Avenue North, Moorhead MN.  For more information about the two-for-one festival, contact the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County at 218-299-5511 or contact the Nordic Culture Clubs at 218-299-5952 or their website at #ScanVikFest

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2014 Festival Clips

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from The Minnesota State Arts Board and the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.