By Desiree Williams
Whitestown is partnering with Noble Order Brewing and J&J Winery to bring Viking Fest to a new community.
Mike Miller, owner of Noble Order, previously hosted Viking Fest at the brewery’s property in Richmond but wanted to expand its reach to a more populated and central location that is accessible to visitors.
The free, three-day festival begins at 4 p.m. April 20 at the site of a future park, 4671 Anson Blvd. The hours are 4 to 10 p.m. April 20; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 21; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m April 22.
Miller was inspired to develop the event by his friends who are part of a Viking club called Mjolnir, or “hammer of Thor.” He watched the group practice fighting in Richmond, and he wanted to invite others and provide food and music, which led to the creation of a separate festival.
This is the fifth Viking Fest for Miller and the inaugural one for Nathan Messer, director of the Whitestown Parks & Recreation Dept. Messer said he is excited to host another event that promotes a sense of community and showcases Whitestown’s growth.
Viking Fest will include archery demonstrations, live wolves, fire performers, blacksmith demonstrations, authentic food and drink, battle reenactments and live music by Celtic bands. There also will be a kids’ corner with games, crafts and a catapult for water balloons.
Miller encourages visitors to dress in Viking gear.
“We’re keeping it as authentic as possible,” he said.