Frozen Dead Guy Days
What: Frozen Dead Guy Days
When: 2nd or 3rd weekend in March
Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday
“Grandpa’s Still in the Tuff Shed.” No, we’re not
talking about an elderly, eccentric resident of Nederland who
refuses to leave his workshop. We’re talking about what most of us
would call a deceased Norwegian gentleman named Bredo Morstoel, who
passed away in 1989, but is certainly not forgotten. In fact, his
grandson, Trygve Bauge, is paying to have dry ice delivered on a
regular basis to a Tuff Shed where Grandpa is being cryogenically
preserved (according to Trygve, who the INS deported back to Norway
after a disagreement about the need for him to have a green card).
At the time of Trygve’s departure, very few people
knew Grandpa was on ice in Trygve’s back yard. His mother (Grandpa’s
daughter), however, was distressed about her son’s departure, and
fretted to a friend, “What am I going to do about the bodies?” Soon,
the whole town of Nederland learned that Grandpa and another
“cryogenic client” were stored in an old tin shed.
As you can imagine, this news created quite a
stir. The family of body number 2 decided to bury their relative in
a more traditional manner, but Trygve insisted that Grandpa should
remain where he was. A law was passed making it a crime to keep
corpses on private property. However, Grandpa was (wait for it…)
“Grandfathered in.” A local radio station arranged for a nice, new
Tuff Shed for Grandpa, Trygve found a company to continue delivering
dry ice to keep Grandpa at a comfy -60º F, and the annual Frozen
Dead Guy Days festivities were born!
schedule varies somewhat from year to year, but perhaps there will
be a showing of the hilarious feature-length film, “Grandpa’s Still
in the Tuff Shed” (small fee) on Friday night. On Saturday and
Sunday, enjoy the Snow Sculpting contest, watch the passing coffins
and hearses during the Parade down First Street, cheer on your
favorite team in the Coffin Races, or shudder at the lunacy of the
people participating in the Polar Plunge for Charity.
There are also art and craft displays, children’s
activities, a Frozen Dead Van Smash, snowshoe races, and more.
Although there is a fee to actually participate in many of the
events, nearly all events are free to watch.
Dress warmly and give our best to
For more information, contact:
Nederland Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 85
Nederland, CO 80466
(800) 221-0044 or (303) 258-3936