Ragnar's Day Viking Games 2018

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Valkenhaus family's 6th annual observance of Ragnar's Day will take place over Easter weekend, March 30th through April 1st, with Viking Games! Norhalla.com

Valkenhaus Family's 6th Annual Ragnar's Day Viking Games!

Valkenhaus family's 6th annual observance of Ragnar's Day took place over Easter weekend, March 30th through April 1st with Viking Games!

But First - Eggs!

We began our weekend on Friday evening with a social and set up tents for camping. Saturday, we colored eggs with the Little Vikings (and big Vikings too)!
We began our weekend on Friday evening with a social and set up tents for camping. Saturday, we colored eggs with the Little Vikings (and big Vikings too)!

 

We had a lot of fun coloring eggs! 
We began our weekend on Friday evening with a social and set up tents for camping. Saturday, we colored eggs with the Little Vikings (and big Vikings too)!

 

Bright and early Sunday morning, the Little Vikings went on an egg hunt.  Kara found the golden egg!
Bright and early Sunday morning, the Little Vikings went on an egg hunt.  Kara found the golden egg!

 

Sunday - Ragnar's Day!

Afterward, the Viking Games began!  The Little Vikings started the day with an egg toss, spoon and egg race.
Afterward, the Viking Games began!  The Little Vikings started the day with an egg toss and three-legged race.

 

The spoon and egg race.

The Little Vikings started the day with an egg toss, spoon and egg race, and three-legged race.

 

Then the adults joined in the games and warmed up with an egg toss and three-legged race.

Then the adults joined in the games and warmed up with an egg toss and three-legged race.

Alex skewered the egg!

Then the adults started the games and warmed up with an egg toss and three-legged race.

 

Peter lunges!

Then the adults started the games and warmed up with an egg toss and three-legged race.

 

Stephen looks unsure being tied to Norse Father!

Then the adults started the games and warmed up with an egg toss and three-legged race.

 

Ivonova ran the show, kept everyone organized and the games going!

 Ivonova ran ran the show, kept everyone organized and the games going!

Obstacle Course! 

Ragnar's Day Viking Games obstacle Course!

Peter nails the course with a new fast time!Peter nails the course with e new fast time!

All the Little Vikings ran the course, too.

Then all the Little Vikings ran the course.

 

Don't let Lonny's relaxed demeanor fool you - notice all the 1st Place ribbons!

Don't let Lonny's relaxed demeanor fool you - notice all the 1st Place ribbons!

 

Dansk Spyd Viking Raiders arrived, got settled, and set up their Trading Post.  And for those not versed in Danish, "Dansk Spyd" is pronounced "Densk Spule", said with potatoes in your mouth! 

Dansk Spyd Viking Raiders arrived, got settled, and set up their Trading Post.

Chugging!

The next event for our Viking Games is a chugging contest.

Craig and Jake face off.

Craig and Jake face off.

 

Norse Father and John go - and John finishes in 6.1 seconds! 

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Alex also finished in 6.1 seconds, so he and John did a winner's challenge - John finished tenths of a second ahead of Alex! Ragnar's Day 2018 Viking Games. Norhalla.com

 

Dansk Spyd Viking Raiders!

 

Dansk Spyd Viking Raiders are a group of competitive, steel fighting, Viking age re-enactors based out of Springfield Ohio.

Dansk Spyd Viking Raiders are a group of competitive, steel fighting, Viking age re-enactors based out of Springfield Ohio.

 

The group put together a demonstration of the various fighting styles.

Dansk Spyd Viking Raiders are a group of competitive, steel fighting, Viking age re-enactors based out of Springfield Ohio.

 

They use real steel on their weapons, and although the tips are blunted it is still quite dangerous.

Dansk Spyd Viking Raiders are a group of competitive, steel fighting, Viking age re-enactors based out of Springfield Ohio.

 

A variety of fighting charges and styles were employed. 

Dansk Spyd Viking Raiders are a group of competitive, steel fighting, Viking age re-enactors based out of Springfield Ohio.

The melee was quite intense!

Dansk Spyd Viking Raiders are a group of competitive, steel fighting, Viking age re-enactors based out of Springfield Ohio.

 

An advance formation.

Dansk Spyd Viking Raiders are a group of competitive, steel fighting, Viking age re-enactors based out of Springfield Ohio.

 

Shieldwall!

Dansk Spyd Viking Raiders are a group of competitive, steel fighting, Viking age re-enactors based out of Springfield Ohio.

 

As part of the demonstration, all the children came forward and chose a Viking to be their Champion.  John (slaying his opponent) was chosen by Kara as her Champion.

As part of the interactions, all the children came forward and chose a Viking to be their Champion.  John (slaying his opponent) was chosen as Kara's Champion.

 

After the skirmish, John was victorious!
Kara proudly stands with her Champion! 

After the skirmish, John was victorious! Kara proudly stands with her Champion!

Lunch Break

Peter was our grill master and cooked up hot dogs and hamburgers.  Bill and Jake are helping out!

Peter was our grill master and cooked up hot dogs and hamburgers.  Bill and Jake are helping out!

 

Kara joined her Champion for lunch with the Dansk Spyd Vikings.

Kara joined her Champion for lunch with the Dansk Spyd Vikings.

 

We had some great folks come out to join us! Sarah and Craig join Lonny, Jennifer and Jake, and Bill, Jessica and Damyon.  You guys are awesome!

We had some great folks come out to join us! Sarah and Craig join Lonny, Jennifer and Jake, and Bill, Jessica and Damyon.  You guys are awesome!

 

Knife Throwing

Craig tries his hand at the knife throwing.

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Lonny has definitely done this before!

We had some great folks come out to join us! Sarah and Craig join Lonny, Jennifer and Jake, and Bill, Jessica and Damyon.  You guys are awesome!

 

Stephen takes aim.

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The children also join in the knife throwing - they all did amazing!

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Peter checks the target.

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Rock Toss

The goal is to toss the rock and get closest to the line without going over.

Rain tosses her rock with some encouragement from Ivonova.

 

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Ivonova and Bill with Damyon.

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Next up is Alex, Bill, and Jake.

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Valkenhaus crew!
Alex, Kara, Stephen, Craig, Norse Father, Norse Mother, and Ivonova.

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Craig and Sarah taking a break! 

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Sword Fighting!

Our favorite event of the day!

Craig and Norse Father face off.

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The sword fighting is based on point fighting, and points are awarded as such: 1/2 point for an appendage (hands, arms, legs), 1 point for the torso, and 2 points for the head.  The match is won with 3 points.

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Alex and Bill sparring.

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Husband and wife team Kirstie and Stephen were drawn randomly!

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Stephen won this round! Ragnar's Day 2018 Viking Games. Norhalla.com

 

Our Viking friends decided to join in.  We had to make a new rule - no sword throwing!

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Peter and Alyssa sparring.

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Ivonova taking off Norse Mother's legs!

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Norse Mother and Ivonova sparring.  Ivonova is employing the "flying, chop off her head" maneuver!

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The Little Vikings also went a few rounds.

Rain and Kara sparring.

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Kirstie and Stephen Valkenhaus

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Norhalla held a raffle drawing, and Rain won her choice of books or a t-shirt.  She picked out Norse Mother's Tales: Odin's Hungry Horse and could hardly wait to read it!

Norse Mother's Tales children's books by Norhalla.com

 

Craig and Rain

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 The day was winding down.  It was another fantastic Ragnar's Day!  We met some amazing people, made new friends, and had an incredible weekend.

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We said our farewell to Dansk Spyd Viking Raiders

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Kara saying goodbye to her Champion John.

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And the Ragnar's Day 2018 overall Games Champion is Peter! (Who is always Ivonova's Champion!)

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From the Valkenhaus family and Norhalla, thank you everyone for joining us! 

 

 Visit and Like Dansk Spyd Viking Raiders on Facebook.

 

 

Facebook Ragnar's Day 2018 event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1776481549049604/

Hosted by:
The Valkenhaus Family

 Sponsored by:
Norhalla, Inc.