Except as otherwise provided in this section, county agricultural societies, independent agricultural societies, and the Ohio expositions commission shall not permit during any fair, or for one week before or three days after any fair, any dealing in spirituous liquors, or at any time allow or tolerate immoral shows, lottery devices, games of chance, or gambling of any kind, including pool selling and paddle wheels, anywhere on the fairground; and shall permit no person at any time to operate any side show, amusement, game, or device, or offer for sale any novelty by auction or solicitation, on the fairground who has not first obtained from the director of agriculture a license under section 1711.11 of the Revised Code. This section does not prohibit the sale of lottery tickets by the state lottery commission pursuant to Chapter 3770. of the Revised Code at the state fairground during the state fair. In addition, a county or independent agricultural society may permit, at any time except during a fair or for one week before or three days after a fair, a charitable organization to conduct in accordance with Chapter 2915. of the Revised Code games of chance or bingo on the fairground of any county . A charitable organization may lease all or part of the fairground from the agricultural society for that purpose.
Any sales of intoxicating liquor transacted on the fairground shall be subject to Chapters 4301., 4303., and 4399. of the Revised Code.
Any agricultural society that permits the sale of intoxicating liquor on its fairground shall apply any proceeds gained by the society from the permit holder and from activities coincident to the sale of intoxicating liquor first to pay the cost of insurance on all buildings on the fairground, and then for any other purpose authorized by law.
Effective Date: 04-03-2003; 09-30-2004