Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Frozen Dead Guy Keeps Town Alive

NEDERLAND, Colo. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The tiny town of Nederland, Colorado, is livin’ large thanks to its favorite frozen fella.

This Friday (Mar. 7) through Sunday (Mar. 9), the 7th Annual Frozen Dead Guy Days festival storms into town in honor of Bredo Morstoel, a Norwegian man who, after his death, was cryonically frozen, and in 1989, was brought to town by his grandson and stored in a shed where he remains.

To celebrate “Grandpa,” as he’s known, 15,000 people will take part in events like an Afterlife Auction, Coffin Race, and a “Grandpa” look-a-like contest.

There will even be an Indian food eating contest, which is sure to spice up the frozen festivities.

Festival coordinator Teresa Warren explains, “It’s a three-day festival, but Grandpa brings people here 365 days a year. The dead guy keeps the town alive.”

Unfortunately, “Grandpa” won’t be attending the frozen festivities, and the closest anyone will get to chillin’ like the dead guy is in the Charity Polar Plunge, where folks compete by diving into a frozen lake.

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