Boy, 9, gets Colorado town’s 'outdated law' on snowball fights overturned

Dane Best

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", Dane said during his three-minute presentation, the Greeley Tribune reports.

The board voted unanimously to lift the ban following Dane's presentation, eliciting cheers from the parents and children who filled the audience.

The last time it snowed, Dane said he and his friends looked around for police and joked about breaking the law. "Because his grandpa couldn't". "And, I want to throw a snowball without getting in trouble", Best argued.

Dane began writing letters with his classmates in support of overturning the ban and even circulated a petition. And I said, "I'm not going to fight to change the law". The ordinance banning snowball fights dates back to 1921, according to the town administrator's office.

And after Monday night's success, his 4-year-old brother Dax needed to watch out. "The law was created many years ago. We encourage kids to learn and change it because we need someone from the community to come forward to put these things on the agenda".

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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". "Little kids should be allowed to throw snowballs at each other".

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.

When Dane and his classmates visited town hall this fall on a field trip, McLeod pointed out that the law - although it's not enforced - would include throwing snowballs at people.

Dane's family said they are proud to see their son take the initiative to make a change. "She called the town hall and then she told me I had to make a speech", he explained to CBS Denver.

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

Dane's arguments in favor of throwing snowballs resulted in a unanimous vote to repeal the 98-year-old ban. So Dane plans to launch a campaign on behalf of his (illegal) pet guinea pig.

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