Coolorado: Ten Amazing Annual Events in Colorado

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5. Frozen Dead Guy Days
For the past fifteen years, Nederland has been honoring its iciest resident, Bredo Morstol, who is frozen in a stage of suspended animation and housed on dry ice in a Tuff Shed in the hills, always ready to be the life of the party. The 2017 festival is set for March 10-12; go to for details.

4. Emma Crawford Festival
Since 1995, Manitou Springs has held an annual festival in honor of Emma Crawford, who came to the mountain town for a cure but succumbed to tuberculosis in 1891. Her dying wish was to be buried on the top of Red Mountain, but she didn’t last there: Her remains washed down the side of the mountain in 1929. The 19th Annual Coffin Race and Parade will run from noon to 4 p.m. on October 29; find out more at

3. Olathe Sweet Corn Festival
This annual festival is plenty corny, but it’s a sweet fundraiser for the Montrose Community Foundation, full of games, live music and corn, of course. Get the details on the 2017 festival at

2. Great American Beer Festival
From its humble origins in 1982, the GABF has grown into one of the biggest, beeriest festivals in the world, winner of the Guinness World Record for the largest variety of beers ever served in one place at one time. The gang’s all beer at the Colorado Convention Center October 6 through October 8, when the GABF returns for its 35th-anniversary year. Tickets sold out in just about an hour for this year's fest; find out more at
1. Colorado State Fair
Every county around Colorado has a county fair with its own charms, but for a real taste of Colorado farm life — not to mention funnel cake — head to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. This year's ten-day extravaganza starts August 26; get full details at

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