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fest to feature music, Vikings, bird of prey

October 11, 2013

By Ken Milam
PDN News Editor

Friends of Heavener Runestone will step into the past again this weekend when the Viking-Celtic Festival returns to the park.
The two-day event will include live music, Viking re-enactors, birds of prey demonstrations, food and crafts from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Royal Gauntlet Birds of Prey group will be on hand from noon-5 p.m. each day with two demonstrations and exotic birds in a conservation education program. Headquartered in Kellyville, the 30-year-old organization works to return sick and injured animals to the wild.
Viking re-enactors tentatively include Michal Carson from this area and Olaf and wife of Louisiana. The re-enactors set up authentic period camps, often with Icelandic sheep and Norwegian horses, and pratice combat under Viking rules.
The musical lineup includes Black Oak Sillelagh, a Celtic pub band from the Oklahoma City aea; Doug Russell, folk troubador from Stigler; Gatling and Hoffpauir, a country-folk duo from LeFlore County; and Bear Creek Troupe, a Celtic group from Tahlequah.
Admission if $5 per carload. Costumes and period dress are encouraged.
The festival is held every March and October.

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