Nederland, Colorado didn’t choose to host a frozen corpse in a Tuff Shed. That decisions was made by Trygve Bauge, a Norwegian national who used dry ice to construct a makeshift cryogenic freezer for his deceased grandfather, Bredo Morstoel.
But when Trygve was deported in 1994 for overstaying his visa, the people of the eccentric mountain town did make a choice. They chose to take on the care of Bredo’s corpse, appointing an “ice man” to deliver fresh batches of dry ice every two weeks. And they built a party around it—the annual Frozen Dead Guy Days festival draws “Frostafarians” from across the state for a three-day celebration of all things cold and dead.
FDGD’s signature event is a coffin race, in which costumed teams of six pallbearers carry a “coffin” they’ve constructed, with a rider/”corpse” weighing at least 75 pounds inside, through an obstacle course. The object is to complete the course by sliding, rolling, dragging, or carrying the coffin, without dropping it.
“This is our 16th year, and we’ve had as many as 47 teams,” said FDGD organizer Stephanie Andelman. “Depending on the weather, we have five to ten thousand spectators.”