Colorado’s Quirkiest Festival Kicks off Friday in Nederland
Every year in March, frostifarians from across the country flock to the tiny mountain town of Nederland, Colorado to be a part of the legendary Frozen Dead Guy Days – a quirky, three-day festival featuring live music from over twenty different bands, heated tents filled with local food and beer, and tons of frigidly fun, free-to-watch events that make this a winter bash like no other. The frost-themed fest pays homage to the Frozen Dead Guy himself, Grandpa Bredo Morstøl, whose body was preserved by his grandson after his 1989 death, and now hangs suspended over dry ice in a garden shed, high in the hills above the town. Long story, read it here. So, how exactly does Nederland keep the spirit of everyone’s favorite, frozen dead guy alive?
The festivities kick off at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 11, with a night of frozen pageantry to follow. Put on your snazziest snow attire and prepare to have your photo taken by zombie paparazzi, as you make your way down the Blue Carpet and into the Blue Ball. Enjoy spirited drinks and music provided by Funky Tonk Heroes, Widow’s Bane, and Euforquestra. Other highlights of the annual Ball include the crowning of the Ice Queen, a Grandpa Bredo look-alike contest, body art, and a silent disco. The Blue Ball is a ticketed event – tickets are $20.
Nederland becomes alive again at noon on Saturday. First Street will fill with spectators, as the Parade of Hearses and coffin races proceed through the heart of town. After that, those that are brave enough to walk the Blue Pearl plank, can take the Polar Plunge into the icy waters below ($20) – warming tent provided.
There’s more wintry fun to be had on Sunday, as festival goers can choose take part in cold-themed competitions, such as Snowy Human Foosball and a Frozen Salmon Toss. Also, be sure to check out the ice carving station, where artists will be creating intricate sculptures out of giant blocks of ice.
In addition to all of the happenings listed above, on Saturday and Sunday, there will be Brain Freeze contests, Ice Turkey Bowling, frozen t-shirt contests, The Newly Dead Game, a pancake breakfast, poetry slams courtesy of the Frozen Dead Poets Society, and showings of a documentary about the one and only, Grandpa Bredo too. The Bacon, Bourbon and Brews Tent is also new to FDGD this year. As a rotation of local bands take the stage during the weekend, chow down on crispy bacon – served up in all sorts of ways, get refreshed with craft beer from various Colorado breweries, and sip on bourbon samples from local and national distilleries. It is $10 to get into this tent. Don’t forget to stop by Grandpa’s Gift Shop where you can pick up a souvenir to remember your unique experience.