There is a real “frozen dead guy” up in Nederland, long-deceased Bredo Morstal whose daughter, Aud Morstoel, and grandson, Trygve Bauge, kept his body preserved in dry ice in a Tuff Shed. Two local film-making sisters, Robin and Kathy Beeck, made a documentary (Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed) and a sequel (Grandpa’s Still in the Tuff Shed). The bizarre tale and the popularity of the film inspired Nederland, a mountain town known for its nippy climate, to create an appropriate festival called Frozen Dead Guy Days.
The chilly celebration has grown so much in popularity that it’s as much (if not more) fun as Halloween. The annual FDGD takes place Friday to Sunday, March 8 to 10.
There are plenty of FREE (especially as a spectator) and cheap activities throughout the cool festival, including the Parade of Hearses, Coffin Race, Frozen T-Shirt Contest, Ice Turkey Bowling, Fix A Frozen Flat, The Newly Dead Game, Frozen Dead Poets Society open readings and pancake breakfast. If you want to participate, events have entry fees ranging from $10 for the costumed polar plunge to $75 for the coffin race.
Plus, there’s amazing live music all weekend — a $20 wristband gets you into all three heated music tents. And that’s just the tip of of the iceberg!
For a full review of the event schedule, including times and costs, click here.
Keep a stiff upper lip (remember, it’s gonna be cold!) and let loose with lots of cool people.