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Locally organized Viking-themed festival set for Aug. 10-11 in Angora

Jodi Summit
Posted 8/8/19

ANGORA- Skalds were the keepers of history, the poets and storytellers of the ancient Norse. Micah and Jacinda Hodge, of Cook, are keeping these traditions alive through their home-based business, …

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Locally organized Viking-themed festival set for Aug. 10-11 in Angora

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ANGORA- Skalds were the keepers of history, the poets and storytellers of the ancient Norse. Micah and Jacinda Hodge, of Cook, are keeping these traditions alive through their home-based business, Iron Ranger Arts, which for the first time is sponsoring a public festival, this weekend Aug. 10-11 in Angora.
The couple has been selling their wares at area Renaissance Festivals for about seven years. They sell handmade primitive archery equipment and quills, leather bags, journal covers, and primitive weapon replicas in metal, bone and wood.
This local festival will include over a dozen different craft vendors, live entertainment both days, and food booths. Jacinda said this will be the third year they have held an event at their property in Angora, but the first time the event is open to the public. The event is family-friendly and alcohol-free. Admission is only $2 per person for ages 5 and up, or $1 plus a canned good for the Cook Food Shelf.
Jacinda said the event will be like a small Renaissance Faire, but with a Viking/Nordic theme.

Festival entertainment

  •  Primitive Archery with Iron Ranger Arts
  •  Mustafa Ali - Mystic, Musician, Poet, Storyteller
  • Viking Encampment, LLC - Viking Edutainment!  They’re Vikings!, What’s more to say.?. Skol!
  • Steve’s “Overpopulated” One-Man Band - (Saturday only). A Proud Finnish Man of many talents - Strolling Accordionist, Kantele (Finnish Harp), Stilts, Juggling!, and all the One-Man Band Comedy you can handle .
  • Axe Throwing with Jesse the Axe Throwing Guy - Sharp objects also for sale.
  • Dragon Hunter Safety Course - It’s imperative you do not try to hunt Dragons without first attending this very informative safety course.  “Official” Dragon Hunter Certificates will be available, but only to those who complete this comprehensive 30-minute course.
  • Stories with Gloria - (possibly Saturday only)- Skalds were the poets, storytellers and historians of the Olde Norse. Gloria is our Skald!
  • Crafters will be selling many unique gift items along with baked goods. There will be primitive weapons, archery equipment, leather goods, chain maille, Viking knits, Medieval and Renaissance festival style clothing and accessories, books, wooden spoons, jewelry, original artwork, rune casting and fortune readings.

The festival runs both days from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jacinda works at First National Bank in Cook, and Micah has a business repairing band and orchestra instruments. The couple has three children, who also travel with them to festivals.
You can also find Iron Range Arts selling their wares at the Cook Farmers Market, Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. when they are not on the road travelling to other festival. You can find more information at https://ironrangerarts.com/ or on Facebook, search for irawshop.
The festival entrance is at 8182 Carpenter Rd., located off of Goodell Rd. in Angora. The location is in Sturgeon Township, south of Hwy. 22, between Hwys. 53 and 73.
The event is being sponsored in part by the Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile Club.

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