From a “Run Like a Headless Chicken” 5K race to a festival dedicated to bacon to coffin races, 2014 in Colorado gives plenty of opportunity to have wacky fun.
The following is a sampling of ways to let your hair down throughout the state. For more information, visit colorado.com or call 1-800-COLORADO (1-800-265-6723).
» Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival, Leadville (Feb. 28-March 2): Ski joring is a timed competition in which a skier is pulled down a snowy road by a horse and rider. The course features gates, jumps and rings. Penalties are assessed by missing gates or jumps, and by missing or dropping any of the rings.
A children's parade and winter mountain bike races are among the other activities.
» Frozen Dead Guy Days, Nederland (March 7-9): This festival celebrates Grandpa Bredo, a man who in 1989 was frozen after he died in Norway and ended up in the hills above Nederland where his daughter was located.
He remains there and has become an international legend. Expect hearse parade floats, coffin race teams and costume polar plunging.
» Flauschink, Crested Butte (April 2-6): Welcome spring at the 46th annual Flauschink. A historical slide show, coronation ball, polka dancing and a ski-slope salute to the king and queen of Flauschink are part of this event.
» Tulip Fairy & Elf Parade, Boulder (April 27): Bring your kids, dress up and get ready to use your imagination at the Tulip Fairy & Elf Parade.
» Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, Fruita (May 16-17): The town honors the brave, young rooster who survived his destiny of becoming dinner.
To celebrate Mike, there will be a Chicken Dance Contest, a car show, a “Run Like a Headless Chicken” 5K and more.
» Oh Heck Yeah, Denver (June 7-July 26): This new event will transform Champa Street, from 16th Street Mall to 14th Street, every Thursday and Saturday into an arcade.
LED screens and projections will be used throughout the Theater District for vintage, interactive games.
» Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, Keystone (June 21-22): Sample the best of Iowa and Colorado bacon. Find out everything there is to know about bacon to receive an All About Bacon Diploma.
This year, also expect Colorado's Biggest Bacon Bloody Mary Bar.
» Cruise-a-Thong, Pagosa Springs (July 12-13): The event starts in Town Park with the Average Joe Race.
The triathlon race starts out on cruiser bikes, then continues on foot over the Pagosa Springs River Walk, while wearing thongs (flip-flops), and ends with tubing down the San Juan River. Continue the event with the “Hair of the Dog” disc-golf tournament.
» Tour de Fat, Fort Collins (Aug. 30): Colorado's New Belgium Brewery hosts its annual Tour de Fat festival, beginning with a bicycle parade in which bike decorations and costumes are encouraged.
For the rest of the afternoon, stages heat up with world-class acts and bikes, music, dancing and beer.
» Emma Crawford Coffin Races, Manitou Springs (Oct. 25): Legend has it that 19th-century local Emma Crawford was buried on Red Mountain. But when her coffin was found after a storm sent her remains racing down the mountain in 1929, there was no body, causing many to believe she still haunts the mountain.
The legend continues with 50 teams competing in the races. Costumed pallbearers push creatively decorated coffins on wheels through the streets for the race.