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Celebrating The Macabre In Style

High up in the Rockies, more precisely at 8,230 feet, a little Colorado town by the name of Nederland is once again hosting one of the most bizarre and fun festivals in the whole of United States. We are, of course, talking about the Frozen Dead Guy Days, which will be taking place between March 13th and 15th this year.

Frozen Dead Guy Days is a very special festival that was established in 2000 in honor of one Grandpa Bredo Morstoel, a Norwegian man who died in this town in 1989 and whose extremely bizarre story has served as inspiration for the entire festival. Mr. Morstoel and his family, including his son and wife, were on the forefront of private cryogenics in this part of the world, of course with disastrous results.

For a number of reasons.

They say that something like that could never have happened anywhere else in the US but in Nederland, a very special little town that always had its own way of doing things. Among other things, it was one of the first towns to legalize recreational use of marijuana, with 7 dispensaries serving around 1,500 people prior to the state-wide legalization.

The festival itself features a number of events which can change from year to year, with some events remaining regular, however. These include a parade of hearses, costumed jumping into icy ponds, ice turkey bowling and the coffin race, of course.

If you are visiting the Frozen Dead Guy Days, you will also want to check out the corpse of the man who started it all, which is still being kept on ice by the inhabitants of the town.

Also, be prepared to drink copious amounts of beer which has always been an inseparable part of the festival.

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