Every state has its unique celebrations and events, and Colorado is no different. We have Frozen Dead Guy Days. Seriously. This weekend is the twelfth annual Frozen Dead Guy celebration in Nederland, Colo.
Nederland (elev. 8,234 ft.) is a small mountain community (pop. 1,500) just 17 miles up the canyon west of Boulder. It retains much of its picturesque old mining town appeal, even as million dollar homes have popped up on the surrounding mountainsides.
The Frozen Dead Guy is former resident “Grandpa Bredo” Morstoel, who died in 1989 at the age of 89. And he is indeed frozen — cryogenically. Since 1993 his body has been stored in a Tuff Shed near Nederland and his Norwegian family hopes that one day technology will bring him back to life.
Meantime the town of Nederland and some 15,000 visitors celebrate him every year in March, come rain, sun, or snowstorm. This year it looks like it will be snowstorm, but organizers insist the festivities will go on. Scheduled events include the parade of hearses, ice turkey bowling, frozen salmon toss, coffin race, frozen T-shirt contest, and a polar bear plunge. Tours of Grandpa’s Bredo’s Tuff Shed will also be available, along with, of course, lots of live music and microbrew beer.
Here’s what it looked like in 2010:
Lots more on YouTube.