When most people think about Vikings, images of pillaging, plundering and warfare come to mind. But for those of Scandinavian descent, Viking traditions mean much more. The Fairfield Scandinavian Club hosted a group of re-enectors to show that there is more to the Viking lifestyle than the common stereotypes.
"It is just a complete gathering of Scandinavians together to celebrate our Nordic, Viking heritage," said Carol Skog, a member of the Scandinavian Club and the organizer of the festival.
The event was held at the club, located on South Pike Creek Road on Saturday and Sunday. It included Viking storytelling, exhibits, games, food, music and artifacts. The Vikings lived in Northern Europe from the 8th to 12th century and possibly landed in North America prior to Christopher Columbus. Re-enactors showed attendees what it was like to live in a Viking village during that time. Also on display was a 22-foot-ship that was an example of what the Vikings sailed on.
The re-enactors travel around the region showcasing the Viking tradition.
"We are here to do a little bit of living history," said James Schutte, one of the re-enactors. "It is a little different than going to a museum. What we try to do is bring it alive. We want people to touch and feel and pick things up, to really experience as much as they can in a safe environment, what it was like to be a Viking."
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