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Viking Fest draws crowds despite soggy start

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Historical warriors mingled with guests at the 12th annual Ashville Viking Festival this weekend. (Photos by Trish Bennett)

Reenactors set up camp to teach visitors about life in historical times.

Fencing was just one of the exhibitions presented this weekend in Ashville park.

ASHVILLE – Despite a soggy start, the Ashville Viking Festival logged another successful year this weekend, drawing its average crowd into the village park with food, vendors and live entertainment.

“Saturday was kind of slow with the weather,” said Dave Rainey, member of the Ashville Community Men’s Club that provides food throughout the event. “We tend to average 4,000 to 6,000 people, and we saw about the same number of people this year. If one day is bad, people come the next day. You tend to do the same kind of business.”

Sunday, he said, was a perfect day for the festival that is hosted by Ashville’s own Lost Vikings Hoard.

“The activity was great,” Rainey said. “There were a lot of kids, the merchants were happy, the reenactors had a good time. It was a perfect day.”

Rainey said the local food pantry also fared well in the 12th year of the festival through donations of non-perishable food items accepted as admission to the event.

“We took a huge truckload of food over to the food pantry,” Rainey said. “Thats always one of my favorite things, and it’s a nice touch for what we do. Now we’re just looking forward to number 13.”

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal