Here’s the bare bones version. Frozen Dead Guy Days is a festival happening this weekend (from March 10th – 12th) in the ever-quirky Boulder County town of Nederland that will celebrate a perpetually frozen man housed in a dry ice-packed sarcophagus within a Tuff Shed in the hills just outside of town. And by perpetually, I mean he’s been there since 1993. This festival is not only real, but has grown to become a cultural phenomenon that celebrates both a deceased town icon and the crazy, kooky creativity of the Boulder County mountain region.
Now let’s unpack this a bit.
If your first question was how (and why) a frozen man remains in a shed in the hills of Nederland, the answer in short is cryonics. The field of cryonics is, in a nutshell, the science of using extremely cold temperatures to preserve life with the purpose of restoring that person back to life and health when the technology becomes available to do so in the as-yet-to-be-determined future.