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    Seven Quirky American Winter Festivals

    By By Allyson Reedy
    December 16, 2013, 9:13:30 AM EST

    Got cabin fever? Just because the temperature is dropping doesn't mean the outdoorsy fun has to stop. Take a page from these weird and wacky festivals around the country, and celebrate the snow.

    1. FROZEN DEAD GUY DAYS Nederland, CO; March 7–9, 2014

    Grandpa Bredo Morstoel may have died of a heart condition in 1989, but that doesn't stop him from living on (cryogenically, at least) in the artsy Rocky Mountain town of Nederland. Packed in 1,600 pounds of dry ice and kept cool at a steady 60 degrees, Grandpa Bredo is the inspiration behind the aptly-named—if slightly morbid—Frozen Dead Guy Days event. Each winter, the Colorado town celebrates good ole gramps with coffin races, a parade of hearses, a frozen T-shirt contest, snow "beach" volleyball, and other offbeat cold-weather activities.

    2. SARANAC LAKE WINTER CARNIVAL Saranac Lake, NY; January 31–February 9, 2014

    What began as an attempt to break up the monotony of winter in the Adirondack wilderness has evolved into the longest-running event of its kind in the eastern U.S. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival boasts run-of-the-mill winter sports like Nordic skiing and ice-skating, but also hosts off-the-wall competitions like ultimate arctic Frisbee and a women's frying pan toss. Saranac Lake's annual themed parade (this year's is "Celtic Carnival") is also not to be missed, but perhaps the biggest draw is the famed ice palace—a mammoth structure made with anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 ice blocks, weighing up to 800 pounds each.

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    3. FUR RENDEZVOUS Anchorage, AK; February 21–March 2, 2014

    Winter can run long in Anchorage, with extra months of snow and freezing temperatures. That's exactly why the first Fur Rendezvous was initiated back in 1935, to break up those long, cold winter months with sports, games, and even a torchlight parade. Today, "Rondy" has grown into a 10-day celebration of Alaskan life, featuring men's snowshoe softball, a grand prix auto race, a "Running of the Reindeer" event, and even a Miss Rondy contest. The cornerstone of the festival is the World Championship Sled Dog Race, which attracts teams of sled dogs and mushers from all over the world.

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