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Viking Fest comes to Arlington Oct. 7-8


September 27, 2017 | View PDF

Viking shield walls and archery will come to downtown Arlington this October as the Viking Fest returns for a third year.

The Downtown Arlington Business Association is hosting the event on Oct. 7 and 8 in Legion Park.

The festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Various demonstrations, kids activities and competitions will be available throughout the weekend, including archery, axe throwing, foam swordplay and oar-rowing competition and more.

The event is meant to celebrate the Scandinavian origins of the Stillaguamish Valley.

“We have very deep Scandinavian roots, not just in Arlington but all of the northwest,” said Dana Fowler, event organizer and vice-president of the Downtown Arlington Business Association.

It also helps people learn about Viking culture, said Fowler, who has Scandinavian ancestors of her own.

Fowler said this year the Viking Fest will get a little bit bigger.

“This year we’re continuing to expand on the number and types of activities,” she said.

“We’re trying to get as many that have a hands-on activity as well,” she said. “We want to create a more immersive experience.”

This year, demonstrations like axe throwing and the interactive shield wall will return.

At the shield wall demonstration “participants will learn offense and defense, and then get to run at each other and employ those principles,” said Fowler.

New to the festival is a master archer who will demonstrate archery and let the audience try their hand as well.

Before the festival begins there will be a 7 a.m. Swedish pancake breakfast hosted by the American Legion. Other food will also be available.

New this year will be “opening and closing ceremonies as a way to kick off or close out the days,” said Fowler. The ceremony will be a re-enactment of the day in the life of an earl.

After the festival there will also be an after-hours costume party at the Mirkwood Cafe featuring live music.

The festival will feature a beer garden instead of a pub tour this year, said Fowler, who said that the garden will be more connected to the festival than the pub tours were.

More information about the Arlington Viking Fest is available at


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