It’s like a real-life Footloose, only instead of a small town banning dancing, they banned snowball fights; for a century. However, thanks to the actions of one brave kid, Severance, Colorado can finally enjoy snowball fights again, following a 98-year-long ban. At a town board meeting Monday night, Dane Best presented his case to a group of trustees, who then unanimously voted to overturn the law.
“The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world,” he said during his three-minute presentation. “The law was created many years ago. Today’s kids need reasons to play outside.”
Dane was referencing the law that was put into place in 1920 when Severance was first founded. It stated: “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 designed for the transportation of persons or property.”
According to the Greeley Tribune, the boy first learned about the law on a field trip to the local newspaper. Deciding he wanted to change it, he began researching the process, collecting signatures and even having some of his classmates write letters protesting the ban.
And all of his hard work paid off in the end. Following his big win, Dane threw the first snowball in Severance in nearly a century outside the courthouse. His younger brother Dax, who Dane said would be his first opponent, was given the honors of the second throw.