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    Subdivision 1. Liquor prohibited. No person may sell, barter, give away, or otherwise
dispose of or introduce, have, or keep for barter, gift, or sale, any intoxicating liquors of any kind
upon or within one-half mile of the State Fairgrounds, or aid and abet any of those acts. The
presence and possession of any kind of these liquors, in any quantity, upon the person or upon the
premises leased or occupied by any person within these limits is a public nuisance and is prima
facie evidence of the purpose of the person to barter, give away, or sell the liquor. Any person
who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.
    Subd. 2. Exceptions. Notwithstanding subdivision 1, the State Agricultural Society may
authorize, under terms and conditions it chooses, the sale, possession, and consumption of
intoxicating liquors at special events taking place on the fairgrounds at times other than during the
annual fair including, but not limited to, family reunions, class reunions, weddings, conventions,
and similar events. This section does not authorize the society to issue retail licenses for the
sale of alcoholic beverages.
History: (7880) RL s 3092; 1982 c 625 s 12; 1985 c 265 art 2 s 1; 2000 c 440 s 1