Fun, funny, frozen festival

Fun, funny, frozen festival
Since its inception twelve years ago, the Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival has evolved from a somewhat gruesome, morbid focus on death and undeath to a lively winter party featuring fantastic music for three days, beer from local breweries and competitive contests that are unique to Nederland.
A huge event in a small town.
The festival has had its up and downs but has survived and flourished. This past weekend seemed iffy on Saturday morning when the year’s heaviest snowstorm dumped at least 20 inches, clogging traffic in Boulder Canyon.
Festival producer Amanda MacDonald  and her vast team of volunteers postponed some events to Sunday, but kept most activities on Saturday and those who braved the storm had a good time in the snow. About 100 volunteers made sure that 5,000 people knew where to go, what the rules were and that the festival was conducted safely for participants and spectators.
The festival rides on the shoulders of volunteers, many of them repeat participants who love working the winter . Town employees volunteered their time, Jake Adler Nederland’s police chief volunteered his time and said the event came off without a hitch There were no arrests and the crowds were well behaved.
Making the festival viable is a team effort.
According to MacDonald the event didn’t break even, much less make a profit, but she deems it a success. The expenses escalate every year and the break even level depended on a larger, all-day Saturday crowd. The vendors went home happy. The crowd went home happy. Even the coffin racers who did not win, were happy they competed.
“Personally I was amazed by the volunteers and people who took on tremendous responsibilities to made the festival happen,” says MacDonald.