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December 11, 2018

Boy convinces Colorado town to end ban on snowball fights, says his brother will be first target

December 4, 2018
Dane Best throws the first legal snowball in the parking lot of the Town Hall after presenting his argument to the town board trustees to change a law in Severance. (Timothy Hurst/AP)

A 9-year-old boy who wanted to have outdoor fun with his friends was able to get a northern Colorado town to repeal a law that bans snowball fights.

Dane Best, who lives in the small town of Severance, attended a town board meeting Monday to convince members to lift the “outdated” ban — which has been in place for nearly a century.




“I think it’s an outdated law,” Best said during the the meeting. “I want to be able to throw a snowball without getting in trouble.”

When members of the board asked Best who his first target would be, he pointed to his younger brother, according to The Greeley Tribune. He also said that he and his friends would check their surroundings for police and tease about breaking the law.

Dane’s mother Brooke Best said her son had only recently found out about the illegal snowball fights. But after he became aware of the ban, he couldn’t stop talking about it.

Kyle Rietkerk , assistant to the Severance town administrator, said the rule was originally set to cover a more broad ordinance that deemed it illegal to throw stones or missiles at people or any public or private property.

“All of the kids always get blown away that it’s illegal to have snowball fights in Severance,” Rietkerk said. “So what ends up happening is (town leaders) always encourage the kids with, ‘You have the power you can change the law.’ No one has.”

Best’s campaign was successful and with the help of his classmates — who wrote letters — the ban was overturned.

“If we actually had snow on the ground, we could see the first legal snowball ever,” Rietkerk told The Greeley Tribune.

Apparently, it wouldn’t be the first snowball Best has thrown. During the town meeting, he admitted that he has thrown a snowball in the past.

“I didn’t know it was the law, though,” he said.

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