Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Boy, 9, Gets Town's Snowball Fight Ban Lifted

Boy, 9, Gets Town's Snowball Fight Ban Lifted

The boy learned about the freakish law during a recent school field trip to the town hall.

Brooke Semmen Best said her son initially asked her to change the law for him.

Said McLeod: "You can make any change and it doesn't require an age".

"He did a brief little introduction about who he was and why he was there, then he went through his PowerPoint presentation and presented evidence to the board", he said. "If you feel this is something you want changed, then let's take the steps and see if it's something you could do, '" Semmen Best told ABC News.

For more than 90 years, an ordinance prevented a growing farming community in northern Colorado from targeting people, places and animals with "missiles" - and that included snowballs.

'All of the kids always get blown away that it's illegal to have snowball fights in Severance, ' said Kyle Rietkerk, assistant to the Severance town administrator.

In this Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, photograph, 9-year-old Dane Best poses in the council chambers in Severance, Colo. Following the vote, Dane and his little brother each got a snowball to throw outside of Town Hall. He began by writing letters with his classmates asking the board to consider lifting the ban.

Best visited Town Hall on a class field trip where they learned about how Severance makes and changes laws.


"The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world", Best argued, according to to local newspaper The Greeley Tribune.

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. "Today's kids need a reason to play outside".

Dane assured the board that he would never throw snowballs with rocks inside of them at anyone, and that he has never thrown a snowball at a window.

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.

Afterward, Mayor Don McLeod met Best and other attendees outside, where he gave the boy the honor of throwing the first legal snowball within town limits.

'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. Because his grandpa couldn't'. He and his family also researched laws in Severance, as he prepared for his presentation.

According to town policy, you can only have three cats or dogs total.

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