38.01 COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETIES; FORMATION, POWERS.
(a) An agricultural society or association may be incorporated by citizens of any county, or
two or more counties jointly, but only one agricultural society shall be organized in any county.
An agricultural society may sue and be sued in its corporate name; may adopt bylaws, rules, and
regulations, alter and amend the same; may purchase and hold, lease and control any real or
personal property deemed to promote the objects of the society, and may rent, lease, sell, and
convey the same. Any income from the rental or lease of the property may be used for any or
all of the following purposes: (1) Acquisition of additional real property; (2) Construction of
additional buildings; or (3) Maintenance and care of the society's property. This section shall not
be construed to preclude the continuance of any agricultural society now existing or the granting
of aid to the society.
(b) An agricultural society shall have jurisdiction and control of the grounds upon which its
fairs are held and of the streets and adjacent grounds during the fair, so far as may be necessary
for fair purposes, and are exempt from local zoning ordinances throughout the year as provided
(c) The society may contract with the sheriff, local municipality, or security guard as defined
to provide the society with police service. A person providing police service
pursuant to a contract is not, by reason of the contract, classified as an employee of the agricultural
society for any purpose other than the discharge of powers and duties under the contract.
(d) Any person who shall willfully violate any rule or regulation made by agricultural
societies during the days of a fair shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
The provisions of this section supersede all special laws on the same subject.
History: (7885) RL s 3097; 1909 c 416 s 1; 1911 c 381 s 5; 1921 c 464 s 1; 1923 c 146 s 1;
1923 c 232 s 1; 1937 c 352 s 1; 1955 c 618 s 1; 1963 c 408 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1Sp2005 c 1 art 1 s 67