Frozen Dead Guy Days has got to be one of the weirdest events taking place in the USA – AirSex and FurFest don’t quite compare to this annual celebration held in Nederland, Colorado, where the masses gather at the beginning of March to pay homage to an unusual mascot. Unlike many celebrations, it’s easy to trace back the origins of Frozen Dead Guy Days – and this one comes from a bizarre story indeed.
In 1994 the fine folks in Colorado and the world came across the unusual story of Grandpa Bredo Morstoel, a deceased Director of Parks and Recreation from Norway. When Grandpa Bredo died in 1989, his remains were shipped to the Trans Time Cryonics Facility in Oakland, California, where he was kept nicely frozen in liquid nitrogen for a few years. Later he was sent to his daughter/ grandson’s house and his icy remains were kept in a shed, perhaps until the day of his future resurrection. Alas, things don’t always go to plan and due to some pesky immigration issues, Bredo’s grandson was sent back to Norway and his daughter was evicted for living in a property with no electricity or plumbing. Worried that her beloved father would thaw out, she spoke to local journalists and the story exploded in the media.
Grandpa Bredo Morstoel has since been allowed to stay in Nederland, Colorado and is now kept cool and cared for by members of the community.
So naturally, the fine folks of Nederland pay homage to Grandpa Bredo with one of the craziest parties around.
Frozen Dead Guy Days has been running since 2002 and shows no signs of stopping. This three day festival attracts thousands for activities like Coffin Racing, Frozen Turkey Bowling, and Brain Freeze competitions.
Other festivities include:
- Amazing FREE Live Music all Weekend (two tents)
- Costume Polar Plunging
- Frozen T-shirt Contests
- The Blue Ball (live band)
- Partner Carry
- Parade of Hearses
- Frozen Salmon Toss
- Snowy Beach Volleyball
When: March 8 – 10th, 2013
Where: Nederland, Colorado