Boy hits target, convinces town to scrap snowball fight ban

A nine-year-old boy has convinced the leaders of a small northern Colorado town to overturn a almost century-old ban on snowball fights, and he already knows who his first target will be - his little brother.

"The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world", he said during his presentation on Monday.

After Best fielded some tough questions from town officials, the Severance board voted unanimously to update the language and legalize snowballs. "Because his grandpa couldn't". It was reportedly part of an ordinance that prohibited the throwing of stones and other "missiles" in the town, which has a population of about 3,000 people and is about 65 miles north of Denver. According to the Tribune, Trustee Dennis "Zeke" Kane wondered, "Can we amend this ordinance to say that if you're over 60, no one can throw a snowball at you?"

Dane began writing letters with his classmates in support of overturning the ban and even circulated a petition.

"I asked my mom if I could (ask council to change the law), and she called town hall".

Best said he learned about the ordinance last fall during a class field trip to the Town Hall. "Today's kids need a reason to play outside", he added in his three-minute presentation, the Greeley Tribune reported. Snowballs fell under the town's definition of "missiles".

While no one in Severance has actually been cited for throwing a snowball, the nine-year-old believed it was time to change the law for good.

Dane Best discusses the issue with Mayor Don McLeod
Brooke Best Dane Best discusses the issue with Mayor Don McLeod

For almost 100 years, the winter pastime has been illegal in the northern Colorado town, but thanks to Best's efforts, that law is history.

Dane not only stood up and addressed town leaders at the monthly meeting but gave a detailed presentation, according to his mother.

With his younger brother in mind as his first target, 9-year-old Dane Best laid out his case for making snowball fights legal at a Severance town board meeting Monday night. However, the snowball aspect wasn't enforced.

The pair went on to became the first legal snowball-throwers in Severance's history.

"We are proud of him for taking initiative to make some change, no matter how small it may be", said Derrick Best, Dane's father.

"I thought it was insane", Best told Fox 31 Denver. He immediately pointed to his 4-year-old brother, Dax. But Dane has a guinea pig, which is technically illegal.

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