NEDERLAND, Colo. (CBS4)– This year’s Frozen Dead Guy Days celebration has been canceled. This comes following Boulder County Public Health’s recommendation to cancel all large events due to coronavirus.

Team Gear races during the Frozen Dead Guy Days festival’s Coffin Races on March 9, 2019 in Nederland, Colorado. – Frozen Dead Guy Days honors Bredo Morstol, who is frozen in a state of suspended animation and housed in a Tuff Shed in the hills above the town. Events such as coffin races, ice turkey bowling, and a frozen t-shirt contest attract visitors to the two day festival each year. (credit: JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)

This is the first time in the 18 years the festival has been a tradition in Nederland that it has been totally cancelled.

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A total of 25,000 people packed into the small town last year for the quirky gathering. That was the largest crowd ever.

Stacy Johnson of Longmont, Colorado, watches the Frozen Dead Guy Days festival’s Coffin Races on March 9, 2019 in Nederland, Colorado. – Frozen Dead Guy Days honors Bredo Morstol, who is frozen in a state of suspended animation and housed in a Tuff Shed in the hills above the town. Events such as coffin races, ice turkey bowling, and a frozen t-shirt contest attract visitors to the two day festival each year. (credit: JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)

The event celebrates Nederland’s most famous resident, a man named Bredo. His body was preserved on dry ice in a shed in the 90s.

There are 48 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Colorado as of Thursday afternoon.

A team prepares to race in the Frozen Dead Guy Days festival’s Coffin Races on March 9, 2019 in Nederland, Colorado. – Frozen Dead Guy Days honors Bredo Morstol, who is frozen in a state of suspended animation and housed in a Tuff Shed in the hills above the town. Events such as coffin races, ice turkey bowling, and a frozen t-shirt contest attract visitors to the two day festival each year. (credit: JASON CONNOLLY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Additional Information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:

  • Practice good hygiene. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. In the absence of soap and water, use hand-sanitizer; use your elbow or sleeve to cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you’re sick; keep your children home if they are sick. The illness can last for many days so make preparations now to work from home if possible.
  • We advise Coloradans to always be prepared for an emergency– like a large snowstorm– and have a plan for your family. Make sure to have 72 hours of key supplies on hand like medications, infant formula, diapers, pet food, etc. FEMA guidance for pre-pandemic COVID-19 preparedness is available on Ready.gov.
  • Stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information. People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019, can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
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