ORS 565.230¹
Management of county fairs
  • licenses
  • disposition of proceeds
  • donations of real property
  • agreements for limitation of liability

(1) The county fair board has the exclusive management of the ground and all other property owned, leased, used or controlled by the county and devoted to the use of the county fair, and is entrusted and charged with the entire business management and financial and other affairs of such fair.

(2) In order that the fairgrounds and buildings may be utilized to the fullest extent for pleasure, recreation and public benefit, the board shall at all times have the authority to provide park facilities for the public or to issue licenses and grant permits for the holding of any exhibitions, shows, carnivals, circuses, dances, entertainments or public gatherings upon the fairgrounds. During the progress of county agricultural or industrial fairs and not otherwise, any such businesses so licensed by the board shall not be required to pay license to any city or county other than to the board as provided in this section. The board shall fix the sum to be paid for such permits and licenses, which shall be issued and signed by the president and secretary of the board. The moneys received from the issuance of such permits and licenses shall be deposited to the credit of the fair fund and warrants drawn against it the same as upon the disbursement of any other fair funds.

(3) Donations of real property for the use of the county fair shall be made by an instrument that may be accepted for recording by a county clerk. An instrument of donation shall be recorded in the records of the county clerk where deeds are located. The donated property shall be used in compliance with the express intentions and purposes set forth in the instrument of donation.

(4) A county court may conclude that an agreement is needed to protect the county and the county court from liability relating to personnel or contractual matters. If the county court asks the county fair board to begin negotiations for an agreement, the county fair board and the county court must enter into an agreement concerning the rules, policies and procedures to be used in the conduct of fair activities for the purpose of limiting the liability of the county for personnel and contractual matters. However, if a county court determines that an agreement is unnecessary or that an existing agreement provides sufficient protection from liability, then an agreement under this subsection is not required. [Amended by 1953 c.675 §12; 1969 c.239 §4; 1969 c.693 §1; 1999 c.681 §8]

Notes of Decisions

County fair board is county agency and county is liable for its negligence. Dundas v. Lincoln County, 48 Or App 1025, 618 P2d 978 (1980)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

County fair associa­tions as private nonprofit corpora­tions, (1979) Vol 39, p 505

  • The Hillboro Argus / Kurt Eckert, Mar 5, 2010
    “Booster spokesper­son Tom Black contends administrators are at­tempting to directly circumvent Oregon Revised Statute 565.230 . . .”
1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 565—Fairs and Exhibits, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors565.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 565, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano565.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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