2017 ORS 565.521¹
Conducting of Oregon State Fair
  • fairground business operations, buildings and facilities

(1) The State Fair Council shall govern the conducting of the Oregon State Fair, the carrying out of fairground business operations and the operation of fairground properties and facilities. The council shall conduct the Oregon State Fair for a period of not less than three days and not more than 17 days annually on dates established by the council.

(2) The council may engage in all necessary or expedient actions or activities to carry out the mission and purposes of the council described in ORS 565.456 (State Fair Council).

(3) The council may enter into contracts and agreements involving property, goods or services as the council deems reasonable to carry out the mission and purposes of the council or to execute any duties, functions or powers of the council, including but not limited to contracts and agreements related to the conducting of the Oregon State Fair, the carrying out of fairground business operations and the operation of fairground properties and facilities as an exposition center or the construction, repair, remodeling, maintenance and insurance of fairground properties and facilities. However, the council must obtain approval from the Oregon Department of Administrative Services before entering into any contract or agreement that may result in a lien in excess of available council financial resources on fairgrounds properties or facilities owned by the department.

(4) The council may sue and be sued in its own name.

(5) Subject to subsection (3) of this section and ORS 565.495 (Ownership and control of properties and facilities), the council may acquire, purchase, receive, hold, control, convey, sell, manage, operate, lease and improve fairground properties and facilities as the council deems necessary or expedient for conducting the Oregon State Fair, carrying out fairground business operations or operating fairground properties and facilities.

(6) ORS 227.286 (City ordinances applicable to public property) does not apply to any construction, repair, remodeling or maintenance of fairground properties and facilities.

(7)(a) The council may solicit support for carrying out the mission and purposes of the council described in ORS 565.456 (State Fair Council) and, subject to ORS 565.495 (Ownership and control of properties and facilities), may accept conditional or unconditional gifts, grants, donations, bequests and other contributions of money, property, services or other things of value from public or private sources and, subject to any terms of a contribution, may:

(A) Expend the contribution to benefit the conducting of the Oregon State Fair, the carrying out of fairground business operations, the operation of fairground properties and facilities, the promotion of the Oregon State Fair and related Oregon tourism and other industries;

(B) Deposit the contribution in a dedicated acquisition account described in ORS 565.545 (Profit and loss reports) (1); or

(C) Use the contribution for any other purpose consistent with the mission and purposes of the council.

(b) The council may obtain sponsorships, sell advertising space, sell naming rights and engage in other transactions to generate revenue for any purposes consistent with the mission and purposes of the council. [2013 c.492 §8; 2017 c.485 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 565—Fairs and Exhibits, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors565.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.