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For Sale in Colorado: Rights to 'Frozen Dead Guy' Fest

Cryogenics put these residents in the party mood
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2011 12:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – The small Colorado community of Nederland is looking to sell the rights to its annual Frozen Dead Guy Days festival, ideally to an event company that will retain all the morbid splendor that comes with … throwing a party in honor of a frozen dead man. The trademarked three-day fest honors Norwegian Bredo Morstoel, who has been packed in dry ice in a storage shed there since 1993. He died in 1989 at age 89, and his family preserved his body in hopes technology will be developed to bring him back to life.

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But Dead Guy Days has finally gotten too big for the town's chamber of commerce to handle: 15,000 attended in March, and "it's such a big event. It takes so much money and man hours — it's just exhausting," explained a board member. What sort of fest would a potential buyer land himself? One complete with frozen salmon tossing, coffin races, and a frozen T-shirt contest. One local resident told the Boulder Daily Camera she’d like to see a second beer tent, and a longer parade route for the yearly procession of … hearses. (Read more Colorado stories.)

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