Frozen Dead Guy Days is one of Colorado’s most unique festivals. It celebrates the town of Nederland’s cryogenically frozen man known as Grandpa Bredo.
Grandpa Bredo sits atop the town tucked away in the mountains in a Tuff Shed filled with dry ice hoping to one day be thawed and brought back to life. He has been frozen in Nederland since 1993 after being transported from his home country of Norway and has been waiting to come back ever since.
Every year, nearly 30,000 people ascend to the town of Nederland to spend the weekend celebrating the fascinating story of Grandpa Bredo at this three-day festival. The celebrations of Frozen Dead Guy Days revolve around the themes of death and Winter. There is frozen turkey bowling, polar plunges, human foosball, and, of course, coffin racing.
Sadly, our team didn’t quite make it to the final heat, but we did make it all the way to the semi-finals ending in third place. The Revenge of the Lobsters isn’t over yet, and we will be back next year to win the cup!
The entire weekend really brings the small, mountain town of Nederland to life even though the celebrations are centered around death. It’s quite a funny thing when you think about how someone’s death brings so much joy year after year.
The festival takes place in March every year and be sure to check out their website for the announcement of next year’s dates.
You won’t want to miss this!
Take a tour! As I’ve mentioned, New Orleans has a fascinating history. It is full of voodoo, hauntings, fires, and pirates. Learn from the best historians about what makes New Orleans, New Orleans! Whether you want something scary and haunted or something diving deeper into history, or even about the food or art culture of New Orleans, there is a tour for everyone!
Where to eat:
NOLA PoBoy - For a traditional PoBoy sandwich this is a great shop right on Bourbon Street. A poboy is a sandwich made on a baguette with usually friend seafood, a remoulade sauce, and some greens on it. They are delicious and all over the south. You can get a good one for cheap at this pretty decent hole-in-the-wall restaurant.
Find it on Google Maps, here!
Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar and Restaurant - This fun bar serves some of the best brunch in town! Sip on some strong cocktails while enjoying a good egg skillet inside this cozy little shack.
SoBu - For a nicer sit-down dinner I recommend the hip-creole restaurant inside The W Hotel, Sobu. This sleek spot serves a modern take on classic cajun fares like cracklins, gumbo, and meat pies – and if you ask they will serve you Hooch in a gigantic foot-tall flask!
Book a reservation here.
Where to go at night:
- Saints and Sinners – Channing Tatum owns this fun two-story nightclub
- Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar – this is the oldest operating bar in the COUNTRY. It has a deep history of pirating and debauchery, and the city-saving owner is believed to still haunt the bar. I recommend visiting during the day or as part of your ghost tour to learn all about it!
If you like live music then Frenchmen’s Street is your area. Nearly every bar in this area has live music almost every night. This isn’t as wild as Bourbon Street, but in my opinion a way more fun time. Check out The Spotted Cat for jazz music, Café Negril for Reggaeton vibes, and Adolfo’s for some of the best Italian and creole dishes in the area!
Go gambling! If the thrill of New Orleans hasn’t been enough for you yet, try your luck at Harrah’s Casino at the end of Canal Street. Get a drink, win some money, and stay late becuase the casinos never really seem to close here!
Learn more about Harrah’s Casino, here!
This is by no means a complete list of things to-do, but just a launching point for those who know nothing about Nawlins. I hope this guide helps you plan a successful, fulfilling trip!
Enjoy and Laissez Les Temps Bon Rouler!
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The History of Ski Joring:
The sport of ski joring was brought to Leadville by two locals looking to jazz up the town’s winter festival. They had driven up to Steamboat Springs for the Winter Carnival hoping to get some ideas. The two came back after witnessing ski joring as a mode of transportation and decided to make it into a competitive sport.
The Growth of the Sport:
Leadville has had its ski joring festival since 1949, and dozens of competitors register every year. Skiers, horses, and riders came from across the country for the return of this year’s festival. This year, over 50 people competed in the various events throughout the two days of competition.
Different categories of competition include an open division and a sport division awarding competitors for hitting jumps, collecting rings, and staying within the route’s boundaries. Competition moved quickly rotating through skiers and horses all day Saturday and Sunday.
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