The founder of the Ashville Viking Festival died Monday. Ed Vallette created the event over a decade ago, which now brings 10,000 people to Ashville.

The Viking Festival brings in historical characters and artisans to the Ashville Community Park, drawing up to 10,000 visitors each year.

The festival hosted the world premiere of a Viking documentary film several years ago, and in recent years has added jousting and other events to the schedule.