This Association shall be known as "The North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs." The object of this Association shall be to promote interest in the Agricultural Fairs in North Carolina, including Livestock Shows, as well as Community Fairs.


Any County, District, Community or any other Agricultural or Industrial Association organized to conduct Agricultural Fairs in the State of North Carolina that wishes, may become a member of this Association upon written application made to the Executive Secretary, approved by the Membership and Grievance Committee and subject to the majority vote, of approval, by the Board of Directors, on payment of dues for one year, and subject to minimum exhibit requirements as provided in the By-laws of this Association. Each Fair that is a member of this Association shall be entitled to one voting delegate at all meetings of the Association, but may send as many representatives as it desires. No absentee voting. Amended January, 1999


The elected Officers of the Association shall be: President, two Vice-Presidents, one of whom is to be elected as President-Elect, and six members on the Board of Directors who shall be actively involved as manager, assistant manager, or as an operational officer of a member Fair. The outgoing President is considered a member of the Executive Committee until his successor retires. No President may serve two consecutive terms. The two Vice- Presidents are to be one from the East and one from the West. They shall be elected for one year terms on an annual basis. There will be six directors, three from the East and three from the West, their terms being staggered on one year, two year, and three year terms at the effective date of the reorganization. Thereafter, one new director will be elected each year for a three year term. The effective date of the reorganization will be January 1992 with the incoming president being elected for a one year term and that the east district be represented by the president-elect who would fill the office of president of the association at the January 1993 annual meeting. The geographical division of state will approximate Highway US 220 running north and south through North Carolina. The Board of Directors shall have power to employ one person as Executive Secretary of the Association, who shall serve at the pleasure of the board and to fix their compensation. Amended January, 1992


The duties of the Officers and Directors of this Association shall be as follows:

PRESIDENT shall preside over all regular and special Association meetings and shall represent the Association in all matters pertaining to normal operation and betterment of the Association. He will establish committees necessary for efficient operation of the Association and appoint members thereto.

PRESIDENT-ELECT shall assume and execute the duties of President in the absence or disability of the President. He shall serve as an administrative assistant to the President and serve his district. Adopted January, 1981

VICE-PRESIDENTS shall represent their district and shall assist the President. Each Vice-President shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors and shall have voting privileges. Amended January, 1981

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY shall promptly handle all correspondence of the Association and submit to the President copies of all correspondence for his information and file. Membership shall be informed of current information of interest. A financial report will be given at all Board of Directors' meetings. At the annual meeting a printed financial statement will be submitted to all voting delegates. Executive Secretary-Treasurer will attend all business meetings and furnish minutes of such meetings to all elected officers, committee chairmen and member fairs. The Executive Secretary shall serve as the Treasurer of the Association. Amended January, 1987

BOARD OF DIRECTORS members will attend all meetings, keep in contact with all fairs in their respective districts and assist the organization in its operation. Two-thirds of the elected Officers and Directors will constitute a quorum. It shall have a general supervision over the business of the Association, arrange for meetings, and prepare and arrange programs and financing for such meetings.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE is composed of the President, Immediate Past-President, TWO Vice-Presidents and Executive Secretary. It is their duty to assist the President in management of the Association. Amended January, 1992


Special Committees will be appointed by the President or by motion or resolution at any regular meeting.


The annual meeting of the Association shall be held each year and all members will be advised at least 30 days prior to its time and place. Special meetings may be held on call by the President upon fifteen days written notice to all members. Meetings of the Officers and Directors are to be held upon call by the President or when requested by at least three members of the Executive Committee. If  the President for any reason vacates the chair or is absent from any regular or called meeting of the Association or its Board of Directors, the President-Elect shall assume the chair and preside until such time as the President returns to the chair.  Should the President-Elect not be available because of being absent, being involved in other floor debate or other reason of conflict the Vice-President shall assume the chair and preside until the President and/or President-Elect returns to the chair. Amended 2012


The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the delegates present at the annual meeting of the Association only after the amendments have been submitted to the Board of Directors and with their approval. The entire membership will be informed of the proposed changes at least thirty days prior to the annual meeting. Any active Fair Association Member may submit a proposed amendment to the President in writing ninety days prior to the annual meeting.


Associate Membership may be granted by this Association following approval by the membership and grievance committee, by paying the annual dues and by abiding by all the rules and regulations set forth in the following paragraphs. Associate Members shall not have a vote at any annual meeting of this Association. Any Associate Member may be refused membership and deleted from all listings by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Only Associate Members in good standing will be admitted to any meeting of the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs. The Board of Directors may make other rules and qualifications as they see fit for membership.


Honorary Life Membership may be bestowed upon any person deemed worthy. The regular procedure shall be as follows: Any regular or associate member may present the name of a candidate for honorary life membership to the President, at which time a secret committee, of five persons, shall be appointed by the President to investigate the nominee. The Chairman of this committee shall present the recommendation of the committee on the nominee to the Board of Directors. If the committee recommendation is favorable, the candidate must then be approved by the Board of Directors by a two-thirds (2/3) vote. Upon approval by the Board of Directors, the candidate must be approved by the regular membership at the first membership meeting after Board approval. Membership approval must be by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the regular members present. The following qualifications shall be considered as a basis for judging a candidate for Honorary Life Membership: (a) Overall contributions to the betterment of the Fair Industry over a long period of years, without regard to appointment or election to any official position in the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs, the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, any other trade associations or organizations, or activity in any civic, professional, or political area whatever. (b) The level and extent of service and contributions to trade associations and organizations serving the fair industry, and in particular, contributions to the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs, in terms of general beneficial service to the said Association, and in terms of performance in official positions in said Association. (c) Evident contributions to the welfare of humanity in general, identified with and related to the overall activity of the candidate in the fair industry; and, further, obvious and apparent conduct and achievements by and on the part of the candidate in the area served by the fair with which he is affiliated, which have resulted in permanent elevation of the fair in the minds of its patrons, and in the general favorable attitudes of society towards such fair. (d) Due consideration must be given to past recipients of the honor, and to their records of achievements before and after receiving the honor, before the honor is conferred upon any new candidate, in order to avoid a weakening in any way of the honor which they have received. (e) IT IS BY NO MEANS INTENDED OR ANTICIPATED THAT THIS HONOR SHALL BE BESTOWED ON A REGULAR OR ANNUAL BASIS. On the contrary, it is the wisdom and judgment of this Association that the honor shall be bestowed rarely, and only in cases where a clear and compelling indication arises for the award of same, to the end that receiving this honor shall be an experience that is rare, if not unique, and one that is known only to a limited few. (f) These By-Laws shall be read to the Board of Directors and to the general membership each and every time a candidate is nominated for this honor. Adopted January, 1979 


The membership fees of Regular Members and Associate Members shall be determined by the Board of Directors. The amount is due and payable immediately after the first of January of the ensuing year. Any change in membership dues of this Association should be submitted by the Budget and Finance Committee to the Board of Directors for their approval. Adopted January, 1980


The annual meeting of the Association shall be held at a place and on a date to be arranged by the Executive Committee with not less than 30 days notice to all members and not to conflict with similar meetings in adjoining states, if possible.


Nominations for the Officers and Directors of the Association will be presented to the Association at its annual meeting by a Nominating Committee to be named by the President, with the understanding that any voting member has the right to nominate from the floor, any member for office, and in the event of nominations from the floor for any office there shall be a roll call vote of the members present. If there are no nominations from the floor, the delegates will vote on the Officers as nominated by the Nominating Committee.


In the event a vacancy occurs in any of the elected offices, it shall be filled at the discretion of the President with the approval of the Executive Committee. If any elected Officer or Director fails to attend Board Meetings without valid reason, the President may appoint an Officer or Director to serve out his term. Valid reason shall be considered by the President and Executive Committee. The President shall be paid an annual sum to be set by the Board of Directors, upon recommendation by the Budget and Finance Committee. This is for the purpose of reimbursement for expenses incurred and not as a salary. Adopted January, 1977


In the event of special meetings of the Executive Committee or any committee, actual expenses of those attending are to be paid by the Association.


The Board of Directors has the authority to designate Association representatives to attend IAFE and Federation and Provincial Fair meetings. The Treasurer of the Association will pay transportation, meals and lodging upon receipt of expense account and receipt for lodging. Adopted January, 1976


Fairs shall be classified in two categories and shall be known as: 1. Non-Commercial Community Fairs; or 2. Commercial Agricultural Fairs. A Non-Commercial Community Fair is one at which no admission fee is charged and which is not operated for profit but is operated by a bona fide non-profit organization and at which no traveling shows, rides or games are conducted. All fairs which do not come within this definition are classified as commercial agricultural fairs. All commercial agricultural fairs shall comply with the requirements set forth in these by-laws, but this section shall not apply to non-commercial community fairs. Minimum Exhibits: All commercial agricultural fairs shall be required to have the following minimum entries, but this shall not be construed as a limitation on the number of the entries, which such fairs may have:

1. Three (3) 4-H clubs, or Future Farmers (FFA) or Future Homemakers (FHA) of America, or other high school or college vocational displays; 

2. Three (3) extension homemaker, or commodity group, or farm organization, or individual displays; 

3. Three (3) displays of community, or educational, or industrial, or civic, or volunteer group activities; 

4. Five (5) items of farm, lawn, or garden machinery or equipment (new or antique) on display; 

5. Fifteen (15) entries of field crops such as tobacco, corn, soybeans, peanuts, wheat, hay (or ensilage), cotton, sorghum, oats, barley, rye, etc.; 

6. Twenty (20) entries of horticultural crops such as apples, peaches, pears, grapes, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, peas, beans, squash, okra, pumpkins, melons, tree nuts, etc.; 

7. Twenty (20) entries of food conservation such as canned fruits, vegetables, pickles, jams, jellies, preserves, juices, etc.; 

8. Ten (10) entries of baked goods such as cakes, pies, breads, cookies, candies, etc.; 

9. Twenty (20) entries of handicrafts such as needlepoint, crocheted, knitted, cross-stitched, or embroidered, etc.; 

10. Ten (10) entries of clothing in women's, men's, youth, and infant apparel, etc.; 

11. Twenty (20) entries in arts, crafts, photography, or hobbies, etc.; 

12. Ten (10) entries of flowers, such as singles, arrangements, potted plants, hanging baskets or dried flowers; and 

13. Ten (10) entries of live animals such as dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, goats, sheep, horses, mules, poultry, rabbits, or wildlife. (Not to be construed to mean paid for live animals such as animals within "Children's Barnyards.")


Regular membership fees shall be determined by the number of total attendance on a graduated scale as follows:

TOTAL ATTENDANCE 0 - 15,000     DUES = $200
TOTAL ATTENDANCE 15,001 - 40,000  DUES = $300 
TOTAL ATTENDANCE 40,001 and above  DUES = $400

Associate Membership Fees

Carnivals - $200.00
All Others - 100.00

Article 45 NC General Statutes

N.C. General Statutes
Article 45
Agricultural Societies and Fairs

Part 1. State Fair.

106-502. Land set apart. For the purpose of the operating of a State fair, expositions and other projects which properly represent the agricultural, manufacturing, industrial and other interests of the State of North Carolina, there is hereby dedicated and set apart 200 acres of land owned by the State or any department thereof within five miles of the State Capitol, the particular acreage to be selected, set apart, and approved by the Governor and Council of the State of North Carolina. 
(1927, c. 209, s. 1; 1959, c. 1186, s. 1.)

106-503. Board of Agriculture to operate fair.

The State fair and other projects provided for in G.S. 106-502, shall be managed, operated and conducted by the Board of Agriculture established in G.S. 106-502. To that end, said Board of Agriculture shall, at its first meeting after the ratification of this section, take over said State fair, together with all the lands, buildings, machinery, etc., located thereon, now belonging to said State fair and shall operate said State fair and other projects with all the authority and power conferred upon the former board of directors, and it shall make such rules and regulations as it may deem necessary for the holding and conducting of said fair and other projects, and/or lease said fair properties so as to provide a State fair.

The Board of Agriculture may adopt regulations establishing fees or charges for admission to the State Fairgrounds and for services provided incidental to the use of the State Fairgrounds.

The Board of Agriculture, subject to the provisions of Chapter 146 of the General Statutes, may establish a schedule of rental rates for fair properties and specifications for the issuance of premiums so as to provide a State fair and other projects.

The Board of Agriculture shall provide and maintain recycling bins for the collection and recycling of newspaper, aluminum cans, glass containers, and recyclable plastic beverage containers at the State Fairgrounds. 
(1931, c. 360, s. 3; 1959, c. 1186, s. 2; 1981, c. 495, s. 4; 1981 (Reg. Sess., 1982), c. 1359, s. 2; 1987, c. 827, s. 34; 1991, c. 336, s. 2.)

106-503.1. Board authorized to construct and finance facilities and improvements for fair.

Borrowing Money and Issuing Bonds. - For the purpose of building, enlarging and improving the facilities on the properties of the State fair, the State Board of Agriculture is hereby empowered and authorized to borrow a sum of money not to exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), and to issue revenue bonds therefore, payable in series at such time or times and bearing such rate of interest as may be fixed by the Governor and Council of State: Provided, that no part of the payments of the principal or interest charges on said loan shall be made out of the general revenue of the State of North Carolina, and the credit of the State of North Carolina and the State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or the agricultural fund, other than the revenue of the State fair funds, shall not be pledged either directly or indirectly for the payment of said principal or interest charges. The receipts, funds, and any other State fair assets may be pledged as security for the payment of any bonds that may be issued.

Contracts and Leases; Pledge of Gate Receipts, etc. - For the further purpose of acquiring, constructing, operating and financing said properties and facilities on the North Carolina State fairgrounds, the Board of Agriculture may enter into such agreements, contracts and leases as may be necessary for the purpose of this section, and may pledge, appropriate, and pay such sums out of the gate receipts or other revenues coming to the State Board of Agriculture from the operation of any facilities of the State fair as may be required to secure, repay, or meet the principal and interest charges on the loan herein authorized. Prior to execution, the Board of Agriculture shall consult with the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations on all agreements, contracts, and leases authorized under this subsection. The preceding sentence applies only to agreements, contracts, and leases with an estimated revenue to the State of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) or more.

Gifts and Endowments. - The State Board of Agriculture may receive gifts and endowments, whether real estate, moneys, goods or chattels, given or bestowed upon or conveyed to them for the benefit of the State fair, and the same shall be administered in accordance with the requirements of the donors. 
(1945, c. 1009; 1959, c. 1186, s. 3; 1997-261, s. 109; 2001-487, s. 71.)

106-504. Lands dedicated by State may be repossessed at will of General Assembly. Any lands which may be dedicated and set apart under the provisions of this Article may be taken possession of and repossessed by the State of North Carolina, at the will of the General Assembly. 
(1927, c. 209, s. 4(a).) Part 2. County Societies.

106-505. Incorporation; powers and term of existence. Any number of resident persons, not less than 10, may associate together in any county, under written articles of association, subscribed by the members thereof, and specifying the object of the association to encourage and promote agriculture, domestic manufactures, and the mechanic arts, under such name and style as they may choose, subject to any other applicable provisions of law, and thereby become a body corporate with all the powers incident to such a body, and may take and hold such property, both real and personal, as may be needful to promote the objects of their association. Whenever any such association is formed subsequent to April 1, 1949, a copy of the articles of incorporation shall be filed with the Secretary of State, together with any other information the Secretary of State may require. A fee of ten dollars ($10.00) shall be paid to the Secretary of State when such articles are filed. Upon receipt of such articles in proper form, and such other information as may be required, and the filing fee, the Secretary of State shall issue a charter of incorporation. The corporate existence shall continue as long as there are 10 members, during the will and pleasure of the General Assembly. 
(1852, c. 2, ss. 1, 2, 3; R.C., c. 2, ss. 6, 7; Code, s. 2220; Rev., ss. 3868, 3869; C.S., s. 4941; 1949, c. 829, s. 2.)

106-506. Organization; officers; new members. Such society shall be organized by the appointment of a president, two vice-presidents, a secretary and treasurer, and such other officers as they may deem proper, who shall thereafter be chosen annually, and hold their places until others shall be appointed. And the society may from time to time, on such conditions as may be prescribed, receive other members of the corporation. 
(1852, c. 2, s. 3; R.C., c. 2, s. 7; Code, s. 2221; Rev., s. 3869; C.S., s. 4942.)

106-507. Exhibits exempt from State and county taxes. Any society or association organized under the provisions of this Chapter, desiring to be exempted from the payment of State, county, and city license taxes on its exhibits, shows, attractions, and amusements, shall each year, not later than 60 days prior to the opening date of its fair, file an application with the Secretary of Revenue for a permit to operate without the payment of said tax; said application shall state the various types of exhibits and amusements for which the exemption is asked, and also the date and place they are to be exhibited. The Secretary of Revenue shall immediately refer said application to the Commissioner of Agriculture for approval or rejection. If the application is approved by said Commissioner of Agriculture, the Secretary of Revenue shall issue a permit to said society or association authorizing it to exhibit within its fairgrounds and during the period of its fair, without the payment of any State, county, or city license tax, all exhibits, shows, attractions, and amusements as were approved. Provided, however, that the Secretary of Revenue shall have the right to cancel said permit at any time upon the recommendation of said Commissioner of Agriculture. Any society or association failing to so obtain a permit from the Secretary of Revenue or having its permit canceled shall pay the same State, county, and city license taxes as may be fixed by law for all other persons or corporations exhibiting for profit within the State shows, carnivals, or other attractions. 
(1905, c. 513, s. 2; Rev., s. 3871; C.S., s. 4944; 1935, c. 371, s. 107; 1949, c. 829, s. 2; 1973, c. 476, s. 193.)

106-508. Funds to be used in paying premiums. All moneys so subscribed, as well as that received from the State treasury as herein provided, shall after paying the necessary incidental expenses of such society, be annually paid for premiums awarded by such societies, in such sums and in such way and manner as they severally, under their bylaws, rules and regulations, shall direct, on such live animals, articles of production, and agricultural implements and tools, domestic manufacturers, mechanical implements, tools and productions as are of the growth and manufacture of the county or region, and also such experiments, discoveries, or attainments in scientific or practical agriculture as are made within the county or region wherein such societies are respectively organized. 
(1852, c. 2, s. 7; R.C., c. 2, s. 9; Code, s. 2223; Rev., s. 3873; C.S., s. 4945; 1949, c. 829, s. 2.)

106-509. Annual statements to State Treasurer. Each agricultural society entitled to receive money from the State Treasurer shall, through its treasurer, transmit to the Treasurer of the State, in the month of December or before, a statement showing the money received from the State, the amount received from the members of the society for the preceding year, the expenditures of all such sums, and the number of the members of such society. 
(1852, c. 2, s. 8; R.C., c. 2, s. 10; Code, s. 2224; Rev., s. 3874; C.S., s. 4946.)

106-510. Publication of statements required. Each agricultural society receiving money from the State under this Chapter shall, in each year, publish at its own expense a full statement of its experiments and improvements, and reports of its committees, in at least one newspaper in the State; and evidence that the requirements of this Chapter have been complied with shall be furnished to the State Treasurer before he shall pay to such society the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00) for the benefit of such society for the next year. (1852, c. 2, s. 9; R.C., c. 2, s. 11; Code, s. 2225; Rev., s. 3875; C.S., s. 4947.)

106-511. Records to be kept; may be read in evidence. The secretary of such society shall keep a fair record of its proceedings in a book provided for that purpose, which may be read in evidence in suits wherein the corporation may be a party. (1852, c. 2, s. 5; R.C., c. 2, s. 12; Code, s. 2226; Rev., s. 3876; C.S., s. 4948.) Part 3. Protection and Regulation of Fairs.

106-512. Lien against licensees' property to secure charge. All agricultural fairs which shall grant any privilege, license, or concession to any person, persons, firm, or corporation for vending wares or merchandise within any fairgrounds, or which shall rent any ground space for carrying on any kind of business in such fairgrounds, either upon stipulated price or for a certain percent of the receipts taken in by such person, persons, firm, or corporation, shall have the right to retain possession of and shall have a lien upon any or all the goods, wares, fixtures, and merchandise or other property of such person, persons, firm, or corporation until all charges for privileges, licenses, or concessions are paid, or until their contract is fully complied with.
 (1915, c. 242, s. 1; C.S., s. 4950.)

106-513. Notice of sale to owner. Written notice of such sale shall be served on the owner of such goods, wares, merchandise, or fixtures or other property 10 days before such sale, if he or it be a resident of the State, but if a nonresident of the State, or his or its residence be unknown, the publication of such notice for 10 days at the courthouse door and three other public places in the county shall be sufficient service of the same. (1915, c. 242, s. 2; C.S., s. 4951.)

106-514. Unlawful entry on grounds a misdemeanor. If any person, after having been expelled from the fairgrounds of any agricultural or horticultural society, shall offer to enter the same again without permission from such society; or if any person shall break over [open] the enclosing structure of said fairgrounds and enter the same, or shall enter the enclosure of said fairgrounds by means of climbing over, under or through the enclosing structure surrounding the same, or shall enter the enclosure through the gates without the permission of its gatekeeper or the proper officer of said fair association, he shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor. 
(1870-1, c. 184, s. 3; Code, s. 2795; 1901, c. 291; Rev., s. 3669; C.S., s. 4952; 1993, c. 539, s. 793; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)

106-515. Assisting unlawful entry on grounds a misdemeanor. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to assist any other person or persons to enter upon the grounds of any fair association when an admission fee is charged, by assisting such other person or persons to climb over or go under the fence or by pulling off a plank or to enter the enclosed grounds by any trick or device or by passing out a ticket or a pass or in any other way. Any violation of this section shall be a Class 3 misdemeanor. (1915, c. 242, ss. 3, 4; C.S., s. 4953; 1993, c. 539, s. 794; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)

106-516. Vendors and exhibitors near fairs to pay license. Every person, firm, officer, or agent of any corporation who shall temporarily expose for sale any goods, wares, foods, soft drinks, ice cream, fruits, novelties, or any other kind of merchandise, or who shall operate any merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, or any other device for public amusement, within one fourth of a mile of any agricultural fair during such fair, shall pay a tax of one hundred dollars ($100.00) in each county in which he shall carry on such business, whether as a principal or agent: Provided, this section shall not apply to any business established 60 days prior to the beginning of such fair. 
(1915, c. 242, s. 5; C.S., s. 4954.)

106-516.1. Carnivals and similar amusements not to operate without permit. Every person, firm, or corporation engaged in the business of a carnival company or a show of like kind, including menageries, merry-go-rounds, Ferris wheels, riding devices, circus and similar amusements and enterprises operated and conducted for profit, shall, prior to exhibiting in any county annually staging an agricultural fair, apply to the sheriff of the county in which the exhibit is to be held for a permit to exhibit. The sheriff of the county shall issue a permit without charge; provided, however, that no permit shall be issued if he shall find the requested exhibition date is less than 30 days prior to a regularly advertised agricultural fair and so in conflict with G.S. 105-37.1(d). Exhibition without a permit from the sheriff of the county in which the exhibition is to be held shall constitute a Class 1 misdemeanor: Provided, that nothing contained in this section shall prevent veterans' organizations and posts chartered by Congress or organized and operated on a statewide or nationwide basis from holding fairs or tobacco festivals on any dates which they may select if such fairs or festivals have heretofore been held as annual events. 
(1953, c. 854; 1963, c. 1127; 1991 (Reg. Sess., 1992), c. 1030, s. 26; 1993, c. 539, s. 795; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)

106-517. Application for license to county commissioners. Every such person mentioned in G.S. 106-516 shall apply in advance for a license to the board of county commissioners of the county in which he proposes to peddle, sell, or operate, and the board of county commissioners may in their discretion issue license upon the payment of the tax to the sheriff, which shall expire at the end of 12 months from its date. (1915, c. 242, s. 6; C.S., s. 4955.)

106-518. Unlicensed vending, etc., near fairs a misdemeanor. Any person violating the provisions of G.S. 106-516 and 106-517 shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor. 
(1915, c. 242, s. 7; C.S., s. 4956; 1993, c. 539, s. 796; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)

106-519. Commissioners may refuse to license shows within five miles. The county commissioners of any county in North Carolina in which there is a regularly organized agricultural fair may refuse to allow any circus, menagerie, wild West show, dog and pony show, or carnival show, to exhibit within five miles of such fair from its beginning to its ending: Provided, that notice is given the sheriff by the commissioners of said county not to issue such license to said entertainments 60 days prior to the date of such exhibition. (1913, c. 163, s. 1; C.S., s. 4957.)

106-520. Local aid to agricultural, animal, and poultry exhibits. Any city, town, or county may appropriate not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00) to aid any agricultural, animal, or poultry exhibition held within such city, town, or county. (1919, c. 135; C.S., s. 4958.) Part 4. Supervision of Fairs.

106-520.1. Definition. As used in this Article, the word "fair" means a bona fide exhibition designed, arranged and operated to promote, encourage and improve agriculture, horticulture, livestock, poultry, dairy products, mechanical fabrics, domestic economy, and 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America activities, by offering premiums and awards for the best exhibits thereof or with respect thereto. 
(1949, c. 829, s. 1.)

106-520.2. Use of "fair" in name of exhibition. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, association, club, or other group of persons to use the word "fair" in connection with any exhibition, circus, show, or other variety of exhibition unless such exhibition is a fair within the meaning of G.S. 106-520.1. (1949, c. 829, s. 1.)

106-520.3. Commissioner of Agriculture to regulate. The Commissioner of Agriculture, with the advice and approval of the State Board of Agriculture, is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to make rules and regulations with respect to classification, operation and licensing of fairs, so as to insure that such fairs shall conform to the definition set out in G.S. 106-520.1, and shall best promote the purposes of fairs as set out in such definition. Every fair, and every exhibition using the word "fair" in its name, except fairs classified by the Commissioner of Agriculture as noncommercial community fairs, must comply with the standards, rules and regulations set up and promulgated by the Commissioner of Agriculture, and must secure a license from the Commissioner of Agriculture before such exhibition or fair is staged or operated. No license shall be issued for any such exhibition or fair unless it meets the standards and complies with the rules and regulations of the Commissioner of Agriculture with respect thereto. (1949, c. 829, s. 1.)

106-520.4. Local supervision of fairs. No county or regional fairs shall be licensed to be held unless such fair is operated under supervision of a local board of directors who shall employ appropriate managers, who shall be responsible for the conduct of such fair, and otherwise comply with the standards, rules and regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of Agriculture. The Commissioner of Agriculture, with the advice and approval of the State Board of Agriculture, shall make rules and regulations requiring county and regional fairs to emphasize agricultural, educational, home and industrial exhibits by providing adequate premiums. (1949, c. 829, s. 1.) 

106-520.5. Reports. Every fair shall make such reports to the Commissioner of Agriculture, as said Commissioner may require. (1949, c. 829, s. 1.) 

106-520.6. Premiums and premium lists supplemented. The State Board of Agriculture may supplement premiums and premium lists for county and regional fairs and the North Carolina State Fair, and improve and expand the facilities for exhibits at the North Carolina State Fair, at any time or times, out of any funds which may be available for such purposes. (1949, c. 829, s. 1.)

106-520.7. Violations made misdemeanor. Any person who violates any provision of G.S. 106-520.1 through G.S. 106-520.6 is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. 
(1949, c. 829, s. 1; 1993, c. 539, s. 797; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)



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