If you are seeking a fun, family outing that is also educational, plan a visit to the 11th annual Viking Festival in Ashville, Ohio on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 26
Ashville Viking Festival Located 30 miles south of Columbus (approximately 2.5 hours from Cleveland). this free, living history festival celebrates the Vikings of the 10th century and the positive influence their culture had on trade, storytelling, systems of justice and the role of women in their society. More than 4000 people are expected to attend.
A featured attraction at this year's Festival will be the display of the Viking boat, The Norseman. The boat, however will not be sailing this year.
Also featured at the Festival will be a Living History area where Viking re-enactors from various historical groups will be encamped showing elements of the life of Vikings. For educational purposes. there will also be re-enactors from other time periods to enjoy.
Free entertainment on three stages will be offered during the Festival including music (folk, Celtic, sea shanties and Scandinavian), storytelling, dance (Irish and belly dancing). juggling and magic shows. Be sure not to miss the jousts with battling knights in full regalia.
The Festival will also feature two food venues. Thor's Feast Hall and Heimdalls Horn of Plenty. At Thor's Feast Hall you can purchase items like turkey legs, pork tenderloin, potato soup in a bread bowl, chicken tenders, wedge fries and for breakfast, scrambled eggs, ham, hash browns and French toast.
The Ashville Viking Festival hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. Admission is free but a canned food item donation for the Ashville Food Pantry is requested. Parking is free. Period dress is encouraged but is not required for the Festival.
If you would like to celebrate early, there is a Welcome Feast from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, April 25 at Thor's Feast Hall that includes an all-you-can-eat pork chop dinner with sides and drinks. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
For those wishing to make a weekend of it, check out Sleep Inn in nearby Obetz, Ohio. Call 614-497-9600 for pricing, availability and to make reservations. Sleep Inn is located at 4850 Frusta Dr. in Obetz.
For more information about the Ashville Viking Festival call 740-983-9390 or get online at www.ashvillevikingfest.com.
The Ashville Village Park (location of the Festival) is located at 200 Walnut Street in Ashville, Ohio. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland.