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Vikings Festival in Pickaway County this Weekend

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ASHVILLE – Since 2004 The Viking Festival has been transforming Ashville Community Park into a living history event on the last weekend of April. The festival, presented by Ashville’s own Lost Vikings Hoard, will be open to the public on April 30, May 1.

Stacks of donated food as an admission fee goes to local food banks.

Admission to the festival is free, but organizers ask guests to bring non-perishable food items as a donation to the Ashville Food Pantry. The group also welcomes monetary donations to help cover the costs of the event. “In the past, we have had enough donations for 6 months need for the local Food Pantry. 

“Even though most of us are not from the area, we still are willing to give back to a community that gives to us. It was a decision we made early on in the festival’s past, we are probably not going to change it.”

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The idea to support the food pantry was the brainchild of Ed Vallette, the festival’s founder, who unexpectedly passed away on May 12, 2014.

plenty of shopping for medieval and Viking garb up for sale

The festival is set to feature all of its traditional offerings, including food, vendors, entertainment, historical reenactments, and jousting, Rainey said.

The festival traditionally welcomes 4,000 to 8,000 people into the village park during its two-day run each year. With over 60 vendors at the park this year, and a new offer this year is Mead and Beer for sale.

“In addition we have a children’s area, a ship stage that will be able to be explored.  Re enactors all weekend long set up in full period regalia representing their different time periods.   Vendors, and Silent Auction, amazing food options and always surprises!”

Below is the list of events