Nederland, Colorado continued to remain a “world-renowned spectacle” as thousands of people came together to commemorate the frozen soul of whom locals refer to as “Grandpa.” Every March, the town of Nederland holds the unique festival, Frozen Dead Guy Days, in tribute to Bredo Morstøl, “Grandpa.” Morstøl, who is frozen in a Tuff Shed on dry ice, high above Nederland, brings together an array of people from all over the country to take part of an event that was named, “a Top 10 Best Cultural Festival for 2016 in the country by readers of USA Today.”
To kick off the weekend, Frozen Dead Guy Days held their “Blue Ball” in the ReAnimate Yourself Tent, one of the three tents full of entertainment for the weekend. The “Blue Ball” allowed visitors to enjoy an evening of live music, dancing and refreshments, followed by the anticipated costume contest. Dressed in their frozen best, participants competed for the 2016 title of Ice Queen or Grandpa before the next two days of festivities commenced.
Throughout the weekend, Frozen Dead Guy Days seemed to never disappoint in any of the entertainment tents. The ReAnimate Yourself Tent, Brain Freezer Tent, and the newly added Bacon, Bourbon, and Brews Tent provided visitors with live music, beer, food, and other spirits for the duration of the festival. With Frozen Dead Guy Days known as a “unique and quirky” festival, the celebrations did not only take place in these tents but around the entire town. With a parade of hearses led by RE/MAX of Boulder Realtor Jimmy Keith, coffin races, a costumed polar plunge, ice turkey bowling, salmon tossing and brain freeze contests, Frozen Dead Guy Days stuck to what they know best and celebrated “Grandpa” in a weekend of frigid festivities in a unique mountain town.
All photos courtesy of Elyza Castillo