Trygve Bauge a Norwegian citizen brought the corpse of his grandfather with him to the United States. The body was preserved for the trip. This happened in 1989.
In 1993, Bredo the dead grandpa was transported to the place where Trygve planned to create a cryonics for his grandfather. But something happened to Trygve. He was deported for overstaying. And the dead frozen man? Well ... He was actually left to Aud, Trygve`s mother.
Then another problem came up. Aud was unfortunately evicted from her home. Aud told a local reporter about her father’s body for fear that the frozen body will thaw out. The reporter went to the local city hall and told them what was going on.
Bredo the dead man’s story became a sensation. Although it is against the law to keep a corpse, the municipality made an exception. They called it the grandfather clause. They made sure that the grandfather’s body will not thaw out. They keep the body in a cryogenic facility and put a lot of dry ice for cryopreservation. They also built a new shed for the body.
In 2002 the Nederland residents held its` first celebration for Bredo. In 2005 however the tours of the Tuff Shed where Grandpa is still frozen were suspended. But it was it was resumed in 2010.
Today the frozen dead guy days celebration is still on. In 2013 the celebration was on March 8-10. For 2014 the celebration will be held March 7-9.
The Celebration Includes:
Slow-motion parade of hearses
“Frozen Dead Guy” lookalike contests
Tours of the Tuff Shed where Grandpa is still frozen
A “polar plunge”
“Grandpa’s Blue Ball” Dance
Market showcasing local artists
Snow sculpture contests
Brain Freeze Contests
Parade of Hearses
Frozen Salmon Toss
Snowy Beach Volleyball
Frozen T-shirt Contests
Ice Turkey Bowling
Frozen Dead Poets Society readings
The celebration also includes different kinds of flavoured ice cream just for the celebration. And Of course with sour gummy worms.