110 2nd Ave NW, Cook, Minnesota 55723, United States

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Iron Ranger Arts

Welcome to Iron Ranger Arts


August 10-11, 2019, 10a-5p


Join us for a Weekend of Olde Norse Merriment

Skalds were the keepers of Viking history and the great story tellers of their people.  The Festival of Skalds is an Olde Norse themed event that includes:

  • Merchants of Handcrafted Wares
  • Vendors of Tasty Morsels
  • Ancient Games and Reenactments
  • Entertainment of Medieval Sorts
  • and Archery!

August 10-11, 2019, 10a-5p both days

Festival Entrance:

8182 Carpenter Rd

Angora, MN  55703

Entrance Fee, Only $2.00 pp, ages 5 and Up

Entrance fee only $1.00 pp with a canned good donation.

All canned goods will be donated to the Cook Area Food Pantry in Cook, MN.

 (Our 2019 Festival collected 78 items for the food pantry. Thank you for all the contributions.)

Craft Merchants

Confirmed Craft Vendors:

  • Iron Ranger Arts - All things Primitive, Archery, Historical Replicas, Leather Goods, etc. - www.ironrangerarts.com
  • Silver Fox Chainmaille - An Eclectic Variety of Jewelry, Leather Goods, Viking Knits, etc.  Plus they have a really cool Viking Tent and Gypsy Wagon!
  • Books and Such - "Tales of the Future" as told and sold by a cute little old lady. http://www.darlenehodge.com
  • Bygone Fancies - Medieval / Renaissance Garb and Accessories
  • Sea Gypsy Mercantile / Inkling Publications - Tales of Far off Lands and Unusual Voyages and Accessories to bring the Stories to Life.  http://www.thervhodge.com
  • Hometown Homestead - Crochet Items, Boo Boo packs, Plantain Salves, Shirt Aprons, plastic bag crafts, and more. -  http://facebook.com/hometownhomestead
  • Rose Cottage Baking Company - Breads, Rolls, Cakes, Cookies, Tarts, Canned Goods, and Dry Mixes!  So many yummy choices!
  • Open Water Mermaids - Mermaid Tricks, Face painting and jewels, War paint, and Temporary Tattoos, Flower and shell headbands and Oceanic jewelry for sale.
  • Drew's Blades - Hand Forged Swords, Knives and Axes! Forged household items, wooden spoons, horn bowls and jewelry also available.
  • Custom Koztumez - Chemises, Shirts, Pants, Skirts and Pouches!, plus a few other eclectic cosplay selections to pick from.
  • Art by Sarah Riley - Original oil paintings, fine art prints, greeting cards, etc., Nordic Rune casting and fortune readings. http://www.artbysarahriley.smugmug.com
  • BAS Ceramics

Apply to be a Craft Vendor

Food Vendors

Confirmed Food Vendors:

  • Three Dog Knight - Ye Olde Gourmet Hot Dog Stand!  Also water, soda, and Fresh Lemonade!
  • Friar Bob's Sandwiches
  • Dean's Eats - Tacos in a bag and Mini donuts!

Apply to be a Food Vendor


Confirmed Entertainers:

  • 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 - YouTube Channel solkelamaniax
  • 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 1st attending this very informative Safety course.  "Official" Dragon Hunter Certificates will be available, but only to those that complete this comprehensive 30 minute course.
  • Stories with Gloria - (possibly Saturday only) - Skalds were the poets, story tellers and historians of the Olde Norse, Gloria is our Skald!
  • Josiah the Fire Spinner!

Apply to be an Entertainer

Thank You to all of Our 2019 Donors

  • Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile - www.cooktimberwolves.org
  • Versalla - www.versalla.etsy.com
  • Natasha Hodge
  • McDonalds of Cook, MN
  • Cook Building Center
  • Books and Such
  • Silverfox Chainmaille

Frequently Asked Questions



  • Dogs only are allowed. No other pets are permitted.
  • All dogs must be on a leash or in a pet carrier.
  • You must provide proof of current shots and fill out a dog registration form at the entry gate.
  • Owner assumes full responsibility for pet's actions.
  • Please respect others by cleaning up after your pet.


  • Parking is FREE and is located just outside the main entrance.
  • No vehicles allowed on the grounds.
  • Please respect the handicapped spaces, located right next to the Main Gate. They are reserved for those who really need them.


Campgrounds, Lodges, Hotels and other Accomodations can be found at a number of the surrounding towns within 30 miles of the Festival. The closest towns are Cook, Virginia, and Chisholm.

Photo/video waiver:

  • By entering the Festival of Skalds grounds, all guests and participants grant the management and staff of Festival of Skalds permission to take photographs and videos of them to be used in advertising, promotion, and documentation of the event, and waive any rights regarding use of their image, likeness and voice for the aforementioned purposes.

Food and Alcohol policy:

  • This is an alcohol free event, no alcohol will be sold onsite.
  • Food, Water, and Non Alcoholic Beverages will be sold at the Festival.
  • No carry-ins allowed.

Weapons policy:

  • No firearms permitted.
  • Other weapons must be peace-tied at all times: this means that the weapon is tied, strapped, or otherwise secured so that it cannot be drawn or wielded.
  • Any guest wielding, holding, or displaying an untied weapon will be ejected from the faire.
  • We reserve the right not to allow a weapon to be brought into the faire for any reason.


  • Patrons are highly encouraged to wear costumes!
  • The Festival has an emphasis on Olde Norse, but anything Medieval or Renaissance is appropriate.

Will there be any ATM machines?

  • No, there is no ATM machine. In addition, many vendors will not have credit card swipers. Please bring enough cash!
  • The closest ATM machines are at businesses in Virginia, Chisholm, or Cook.

Applications, Guidelines ,and Printable Event Flyer

All the applications and guidelines you need to apply as a vendor or entertainer for the festival.  Please note, ALL applicants must also submit a MN form ST19.  We look forward to having you as part of this event.