616.08 Additional powers of association.—Every fair association shall have the power to hold, conduct, and operate public fairs and expositions annually and for such purpose to buy, lease, acquire, and occupy lands, erect buildings and improvements of all kinds thereon, and develop those lands, buildings, and improvements; to sell, mortgage, lease, or convey any such property or any part thereof, in its discretion, from time to time for the purpose of public fairs or expositions; to charge and receive compensation for admission to those fairs and expositions, for the sale or renting of space for exhibitions, and for other privileges; to conduct and hold public meetings; to supervise and conduct lectures and all kinds of demonstration work in connection with or for the improvement of agriculture, horticulture, stockraising and poultry raising, and all kinds of farming and matters connected therewith; to hold exhibits of agricultural and horticultural products and livestock, chickens, and other domestic animals; to give certificates or diplomas of excellence; to promote the progress of the geographical area it represents and serves and stimulate public interest in the advantages and development of that area by providing facilities for agricultural and industrial exhibitions, public gatherings, cultural activities, and other functions which the association determines will enhance the educational, physical, economic, and cultural interests of the public; and generally to do, perform, and carry out all matters, acts, and business usual or proper in connection with public fairs and expositions; but this enumeration of particular powers shall not be in derogation of or limit any special provisions of the charter of the association inserted for the regulation of its business, and the conduct of its affairs of creating, defining, limiting, and regulating the powers of the association or its officers or members; provided, the treasurer or similar officer of the association shall be required to give a good and sufficient bond with a surety company duly authorized under the laws of the state, payable to the association and in an amount equal to the value of the total amount of money and other property in that officer’s possession or custody, in addition to the value of any money and property of the association that may reasonably be expected to come into that officer’s possession or custody.
History.—s. 6, ch. 7388, 1917; RGS 4524; CGL 6523; s. 2, ch. 17806, 1937; s. 3, ch. 63-247; s. 2, ch. 81-318; ss. 25, 26, ch. 83-239; ss. 10, 44, ch. 93-168; s. 19, ch. 99-391.