Frozen Dead Guy Days: March 4-6

Events, Things to Do — By Jess Steinitz on March 1, 2011 at 5:35 am

Frozen Dead Guy Days is a bizarre festival held in Nederland, a small mountain town 30 minutes from Boulder, based around a cryogenically-frozen grandfather kept in a shack behind a local resident’s house. The tale of how he got there has captured international attention and sparked this annual event. Although Grandpa Bredo died in 1989, he will be 110 years old this year. Because of Grandpa Bredo, it is currently illegal to store a frozen human body (or any body part thereof) in your home in Nederland. However, thankfully, Grandpa Bredo was grandfathered in and allowed to stay.

Now, a man known as the “Ice Man” delivers 1,600 pounds of dry ice every month and packs it around the body in his sarcophagus, surrounded by foam padding, a tarp, and blankets. This keeps Grandpa at a steady -60 degrees F and keeps the hope alive for his family and their faith in cryogenics.

For a town like Nederland that thrives on the colorful and the offbeat, Frozen Dead Guy Days is a fitting way to end the seemingly endless days of winter and head into the melting snows of spring. The highlights of the festival include a “Frozen Dead Guy” lookalike contest, a frozen salmon toss, a coffin race, and a polar plunge.

Polar Plunge

Named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the country’s top 100 festivals not to be missed and by Reader’s Digest as one of the top five winter festivals in the country, the 10th annual Frozen Dead Guy Days is going to be a festival to die for.

[Photos courtesy of Jess Steinitz and Nederland Area Chamber of Commerce]