Colorado boy, 9, beats his town in snowball fight

"Kids need a reason to play outside" Dane Best said

A 9-year-old boy in Colorado convinced community leaders to overturn a almost 100-year-old law so that kids could enjoy one of winter's simple pleasures - a snowball fight.

Dane Best, who lives in the often snow-swept town of Severance, presented his arguments at a town board meeting Monday night, and members voted unanimously to lift the ban.

"The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world", he said in asking the board to repeal an ordinance prohibiting snowball fights that, per Fox 31, dates back to the 1920s.

'The law was created many years ago. 10-5-80, that said, "It is unlawful for any person to throw or shoot any stone or any other missile upon or at any person, animal, building, tree or other public or private property; or at or against any vehicle or equipment design for the transportation of persons or property".

Brooke Best "Kids need a reason to play outside", Dane Best said.

Dane Best discusses the issue with Mayor Don McLeod
Brooke Best Dane Best discusses the issue with Mayor Don McLeod

The boy got to have his first legal snowball fight immediately following the meeting. "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". He immediately pointed to his 4-year-old brother, Dax. "He was pretty excited".

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. CNN has reached out to Dane's parents for further comment. He subsequently began organizing a letter-writing campaign among his classmates, and also found several other archaic or unusual ordinances, including one that defines pets as only cats and dogs.

"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. You better do that. He admitted to breaking the law in the past, and decided he wanted to advocate for change.

Still, mom says the family couldn't be more impressed with Dane and look forward to seeing where his interests lead him. "That's a lot of 9-year-olds passionate about throwing snowballs". "He definitely has courage and did this on his own, so no matter what path he takes this is definitely a learning experience and we're very proud".

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