Published: Thu, December 06, 2018

Colorado boy, 9, beats his town in snowball fight

Colorado boy, 9, beats his town in snowball fight

McLeod said the council meant to change the law to allow snowballs, while still prohibiting missiles.

"Today's kids need reasons to play outside", he told the town council.

The ban on snowball fights is part of a larger ordinance that makes it illegal to throw or shoot stones or missiles at people, animals, buildings, trees, or any other public or private property or vehicles.

That is, until Dane came along.

Dane Best of Severance, Colorado made his argument at a meeting of the town board Monday night, leading the members to unanimously lift the ban.

He delivered a presentation on the subject to a local town board, who backed his message on Monday night.

Brooke Best Dane Best will go down in history as the first person to throw a newly legal snowball in Severance.

"He wanted to throw it at his little brother, but the mayor said, 'For the first snowball, let's throw it in a grassy area, ' so he tossed it out there", said Brooke Best.

Speaking in front of a crowd of residents and media, Best told town trustees that because of the almost 100-year-old ban, which classified snowballs as a type of missile, he couldn't throw a snowball without worrying about breaking the law, or getting into trouble.


But Best took aim at the law, enlisting his elementary school classmates to write letters to the board.

Dane Best, 9, thought the law was "silly".

'The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world, ' he told the board, according to The Greeley Tribune.

Although he faced hard questions from the board-including: "Can we amend this ordinance to say that if you're over 60, no one can throw a snowball at you?"-officials were impressed with the boy's performance and agreed to repeal the ban".

"Following that he received a little plaque and a gift card that had to be used to buy a snowball maker", Rietkerk said.

According to Mayor McLeod, the "snowball ordinance" had never been enforced and no one had ever been cited for it.

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

"I thought it was insane", Best told Fox 31 Denver.

And Dane may not be stopping at snowballs. He and his family also researched laws in Severance, as he prepared for his presentation. But Dane has a guinea pig, which is technically illegal.

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