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Published June 28, 2012, 09:56 AM

Metro group reliving history at Island Park

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Anyone who's driven by Island Park on a Wednesday night in the summer may have given a head turn to the dozens dressed in Medieval Garb. There's more to these renaissance men and women than meets the eye.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Anyone who's driven by Island Park on a Wednesday night in the summer may have given a head turn to the dozens dressed in Medieval Garb. There's more to these renaissance men and women than meets the eye.

From fencing to heavy sword fighting to homemade battle costumes, the atmosphere here on a Wednesday night has a real renaissance feel to it. While there's no blood and guts here, for these people, this is a way of life.

It looks like something out of the movie "Role Models," but this is not Live Action Role Playing. These men and women who fight for the Shire of Korsvag are part of the national Society for Creative Anachronism.

Ron Williams – President of Local Group: “We're re-enacting, we're recreating the best parts of the Middle Ages from 600 to 1600 A.D.”

Activities include heavy weapons fighting, fencing, armour making and even arts like sewing and weaving.

Ron Williams: “There'll be tournaments, there'll be fighting, there'll be opportunities to show off the things that we've made.”

It's not just a Wednesday night gig. People like Ken Coball research a specific location and time period, spending hours perfecting the wardrobe and the craft. Coball is interested in 10th Century Danish history.

Ken Coball – Local S.C.A. Member: “It's fun the way any other sport is. It's fun the same way any other intellectual pursuit is as far as research and stuff.”

When it comes down to it, sometimes all you need to understand is, it's just fun to swing a sword.

Ron Williams: “They'll come one on one against each other and if I manage to hit you the answer is yes or no. No means you'll have to hit me harder. Yes means, if I think that had been a real sword I'd be dead.”

Ken Coball: “Words on a page don't express the actual feeling of something in your hand.”

If this sounds like something you'd enjoy, the group is open to all members and they have activities for all ages. Just come down to Island Park any Wednesday night around 6:30.

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