History combined with bruises

Minot residents can get a taste of the Norsk Hostfest a month in advance when a Viking reenactment group called Telge Glima comes to town this Saturday.

“They say they combine history with bruises,” said Tim Jorgensen, Viking Village coordinator for the Norsk Hostfest.

The Swedish group demonstrates and instructs the public on old Nordic games and sports demonstrating strength and agility. They will perform at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot. Following the evening performance, the movie “How to Train Your Dragon” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. All the presentations are free.

Though they are new to Minot, Jorgensen said Telge Glima has been a major hit when they have performed at a Scandinavian festival in Moorhead.

“We’re hooked on them,” said Jorgensen. “We try to bring them back.”

Leann Mellum, Norsk Hostfest marketing director, said the audience really gets into the performance. She compared the performance to the Highland Games with a Viking twist. Performers might engage in a rope pulling contest or wrestling or one performer might climb on the back of another.

Telge Glima will also be performing during this year’s Norsk Hostfest, said Mellum.

“The Viking Village will be greatly expanded this year,” said Mellum.

The Viking Village, in addition to Telge Glima and the Viking reenactors from the Twin Cities who have come every year during the Hostfest, will also include blacksmithing and archery and other demonstrations.

The group who will perform on Saturday include five men, said Jorgensen. They have been in the United States performing at a Scandinavian festival in New Jersey. The group comes from a region near Stockholm and draws performers from all over Sweden.

The event is sponsored by the Hostfest Heritage Foundation, Norsk Hostfest, Scandinavian Heritage Park and Visit Minot.