Boy gets Colorado town to overturn snowball fight ban

Elias Hubbard
December 6, 2018

Under the current definition, that includes snowballs.

"Today's kids need reasons to play outside", Best said, according to member station Colorado Public Radio. 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.

That is, until Dane came along.

Dane Best of Severance, Colorado, presented his case last week to the town's board, arguing that the "children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world".

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

Minutes after the decision, Best and his little brother wasted no time enjoying their newfound freedom, going outside for an impromptu snowball fight and, in the process, tossing the first "legal" snowballs in Severance history.

After some discussion surrounding safety, the board voted unanimously to lift the ban. "Kids want to have snowball fights without breaking the law - kids want to have a voice in our town". He began by writing letters with his classmates asking the board to consider lifting the ban.

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.

In this Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, photograph, 9-year-old Dane Best poses in the council chambers in Severance, Colo.

Dane's mother, Brooke Best, told The Greeley Tribune her son had been talking about snowballs since he found out about a month-and-a-half ago that it was illegal to throw them within town limits. "Little kids should be allowed to throw snowballs at each other". Mayor Don McLeod then gave Dane the honor of throwing the first legal snowball in Severance. The board acknowledged the ordinance was probably as old as the town itself, the Greeley Tribune reported.

"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.

'He's always been timid and bashful, so when he told me he was doing that, I said, "Good for you Daners,"' said his grandfather Rick Best.

And Dane may not be stopping at snowballs.

According to town policy, you can only have three cats or dogs total. So Dane plans to launch a campaign on behalf of his (illegal) pet guinea pig.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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