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"So many people who live in Nederland get through February knowing that Frozen Dead Guy Days is going to be the first of March," she said. "It's cabin fever."

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Activities such as the coffin race, costumed Polar Plunge, disco dancing warm up tent, Icy Turkey Bowling, frozen T shirt contests and more help folks blow off winter steam while also commemorating Nederland's most famous resident: "Grandpa" Bredo Morstoel, aka the Frozen Dead Guy.

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Here rests "Grandpa" Bredo Morstoel," in whose memory Frozen Dead Guy Days was founded. (Jeremy Papasso / Daily Camera)

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Grandpa also sticks around in a legal way: Though he was "grandfathered" in, Nederland passed a law to ban any other storage of frozen, dead bodies. According to Crush Warren, though, the law doesn't specify human bodies, so those frozen turkey carcasses that festival goers can bowl with through the weekend are technically illegal. But that's all part of the fun.

"We like being recognized at this point," Weber said of the notorious team, which is made up of other engineering grad students. March 8.

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out only for Frozen Dead Guy Days, Nederland's famous winter festival (running March 7 9 this year), where being wild and goofy is par for the course and that outfit is a badge of honor: It's the uniform of the Pink Socks, the winningest coffin race team in the event's history.

"To be in an environment where one wouldn't expect poetry and have opportunity to hear it, we jumped at it," said Elyse Brownell, who organized the Frozen Dead Poet Society reading with Chris Shugrue. Original poems and readings are both welcome, and Brownell says the poetry is yet another opportunity to let loose.

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"There definitely will be howling for those who decide to stand up on that soapbox."

In fact, she believes the zany, lighthearted spirit of the event captures the pioneering personality of Nederland and of Colorado, and she notes that weather cancelation policy is equally frontier sy.

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during the Frozen Dead Guy Days (FDGD) weekend. "It's just a great time to get outdoors, especially for people bottled up during cold weather up in the mountains."

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Death being the festival's theme, "a lot of people think it's a ghoulish thing, but our main visitors that come are families," Crush Warren said. "People come with their kids."

Because Grandpa has been the subject of worldwide fascination and several movies including "Grandpa's in the Tuff Shed," which will screen several times next weekend FDGD attracts people and media from all over the world. Music is also a huge component of FDGD, with free concerts on two stages throughout the weekend.

In addition to its long running events, this year's festival will include such new additions as a Frozen Monster Remote Control Truck Demo, a Frozen Beard and Moustache competition and several Frozen Dead Poet Society open readings.

"It started with him," Crush Warren said of Morstoel, who was cryonically frozen by his grandson in 1989 and moved to Nederland in 1993, where he is preserved with 1,600 pounds of dry ice per year in a Tuff Shed. "He's like our spirit. A lot of people feel like he's around Nederland in a spiritual way."

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