For Nederland, a town that praises the colorful, the offbeat, and the weird, there’s nothing odd about celebrating a frozen dead guy who resides in a Tuff Shed in the woods. Rather, it is cause for the town’s biggest celebration, Frozen Dead Guy Days.
2017 marks the 16th annual Frozen Dead Guys Festival, and over the years, it has grown into a three-day event complete with live music, a variety of activities, and a whole lot of merriment.
So, who is this frozen dead guy and how did he end up in Nederland, a small mountain town 17 miles west of Boulder? To start, frozen dead guy has a name—Bredo Mortsoel, a Norwegian and advocate of cryonics. Upon his death, he had his body shipped to the Trans Time cryonics facility in Oakland, CA, where he was placed in liquid nitrogen for four years. After this, he was sent to Nederland where his daughter and grandson put him in a shed and surrounded him with ice. When the last of Bredo’s family left Colorado for Norway, he remained and has since been cared for a by volunteers who deliver 1,600 lbs. of dry ice to his shed every month.
Today, he is honored once a year in a zany and wild festival that attracts world-wide attention. During Frozen Dead Guy Days, up to 30 bands perform in heated tents, while festival goers take part in events like coffin racing, costumed polar plunging, and frozen salmon tossing. While this might sound like a strange festival to you, for a town that thrives on oddity and is proud of it, there is nothing unusual about throwing it down for a frozen dead guy.
Frozen Dead Guy Days will take place on March 10th, 11th, and 12th. For more information, visit www.FrozenDeadGuyDays.org.
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