Santa Ynez Valley News: Oregon Viking ship bound for Danish Days festival

by Mike Hodgson | Sep 13, 2016

Oregon Viking ship - Solvang Danish Days festival
Contributed Photo: A 28-foot Viking ship owned by Greg Van Vegmel of Oregon will roll into Solvang this week just in time to go on display at the annual Danish Days celebration.

A Viking ship that’s sailed around the country from its home port in Oregon will drop anchor in the Santa Ynez Valley just in time for Solvang’s Danish Days celebration. It will be put on display and could end up in the Saturday afternoon parade.

Greg Van Vegmel of Eagle Point has been pulling the 28-foot Viking vessel behind a motorhome on a three-month vacation and will be rolling through the area this week, according to a letter sent to festival organizers.

Van Vegmel said the boat, mounted on a three-axle trailer, makes a good “photo op” if set up in a park.

“So the Danish Days organizers will be posting his ship in Solvang Park for viewing over the weekend,” said festival spokeswoman Anna Ferguson-Sparks.

He also offered it as a possible parade entry for a local organization or group because it can carry 15 to 20 people, although he noted it would be better pulled by a classic car or pickup than a motorhome.

Ferguson-Sparks said festival committee members are trying to work it into the parade lineup.

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