BY-LAWS

The Albany Independent Agriculture Society, also known as Albany Community Fair, Inc.  These By-Laws adopted pursuant to Sec. 1711-02 of the Revised Code of Ohio.

 

ARTICLE 1

The object of this Society shall be to promote community interest in agriculture, art, industry and other varied interests for the betterment of the Alexander Local School Districts.

 

ARTICLE 2

Quorum – Those members at the meeting shall constitute a quorum unless otherwise provided by the statues of the State of Ohio.

 

ARTICLE 3

MEETINGS – Sec. 1.  The Board of Directors shall meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Albany Grange Hall.

Sec. 2 – Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President whenever necessary, or at the call of the Secretary upon written request signed by six (6) members of said Board.

 

                                                     ARTICLE 4

ORDER OF BUSINESS                      1. Call to order

                                                         2. Reading and approval or adoption of minutes

                                                         3. Bills and accounts

                                                         4. Reports of committee chairman

                                                         5. Unfinished business

                                                         6. New business

                                                         7. Appointments

                                                         8. General discussions

                                                         9. Adjournment

Order of business may be temporarily suspended at any meeting by a majority vote of a quorum present.

 

                                                      ARTICLE 5

 

                The Board of Directors of the Albany Independent Agriculture Society may enact such Rules and Regulations, as they deem necessary for conducting the business of said Society which do not conflict with the Constitution or By-Laws, Regulations of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, or the Laws of the State of Ohio.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

1.       Any resident of the Alexander Local School District and adjacent Districts not to include Hocking, 18 years of age or older not active in Junior Fair as stated in Rule 15, may become a member by buying a membership ticket which will admit him or her each day or night of the fair and voting privileges.

2.       Any member of the Albany Independent Agriculture Society on presenting his or her membership ticket and paying a small entry fee per entry may enter as many articles as space permits.

3.       Tickets will be furnished by the Treasurer and Secretary only.

4.       All entries and entry fees shall be paid and entries in place according to specific times on page 1 of current premium book.  Entries shall be made in the name of bonafide owner or premium will not be awarded.  When articles are not deemed worthy the judges will refuse to award a premium.  All articles will be required to be on the grounds until 4:00pm on the last day.  Any violation of this rule forfeits the premium.

5.       Entries will positively be refused if not entered within the time mentioned and entry fee paid.

6.       Secretary’s office on the fairgrounds will receive articles for exhibition if no one is at the booths.

7.       All premiums not called for by November 1 of current year will be forfeited to the Albany Independent Fair.

8.       All stock brought to the fairgrounds must be secured by halter or bridle.  Positively no horses or bicycles in midway.

9.       If it be ascertained that any exhibitor has in any manner taken exception to the judgment of the judge, interfered by letter or otherwise with the judge, the Board of managers shall expel the exhibitor from completion for a premium.

10.   All protests must be made in writing and files with the Secretary by 12 noon of the last day of the fair with a $25.00 deposit.

11.   In case of unfavorable weather, thereby reduction display and attendance below an average fair-weather attendance and display, the premiums will be paid pro rata, after the expenses of running the fair and deducted.

12.   The annual election of the Albany Independent Agriculture Society will be held at the Albany Grange Hall at 3:00pm – 7:00pm on the first Saturday in November, and a majority of membership assembled for such purposes and being 18 years old and holding membership tickets are eligible to vote.

13.   Albany Independent Fair members must declare their candidacy for the office of a Director of the Board of Directors of the Albany Independent Fair by filing with the Secretary of the Albany Independent Fair a petition signed by ten or more members of the Albany Independent Fair who are residents of the Alexander Local School District and adjacent districts not to include Hocking at least seven days before the annual election of directors is held.  Only regularly nominated candidates who have met filing requirements will be eligible for election as a director.

14.   Each independent agriculture society shall confine sale of membership certificate to residents of the district specified in the constitution of said society. (Reg. AG.-3-01.02 –(B))

15.   All exhibitors and participants must reside in or attend the Alexander School District and hold a youth membership.

16.   Young men and women may participate and exhibit in the Junior Fair if over the age of 18, as long as they are still in high school or reside in the Alexander School District or have graduated from or resided in the Alexander School District and are still active in youth organization projects that have an extended finish date beyond the Albany Independent Agriculture Society dates, of current year.

17.   All animals must be housed within the Alexander School District 30 days prior to the Albany Fair and all exhibitors must reside in or have attended the Alexander School District.  Proof of ownership or lease and housing may be required.

18.   Our fair will operate under the provisions of Ohio’s Livestock Show Reform Act and under all applicable Ohio Department of Agriculture Administration Code Rules.  This law and the amended rules may be viewed and secured at the secretary’s office beginning the 3rd Wednesday in June.  Call 740-698-6401.  Hours 6:00pm-9:00pm.

19.   ROVING SOLICITATION.  A.  No person shall be permitted to make solicitations of any space. B. No person will be permitted to post or display signs, distribute handbills or advertising material, or sell or distribute free, any merchandise, except persons under contract.  (Adopted by Albany Fair Board of Directors, April 15, 1981).

 

SUNSHINE LAW

RULE 1

Notice of all public meetings of the Albany Independent Agriculture Society shall be given in accordance with the following procedure.

(A)    Any person may determine (be informed of ) the time and place of regularly scheduled meetings or the time, place and purpose of any special meetings by calling on the telephone the office of the telephone the office of the secretary of the Albany Independent Agricultural Society.

(B)   Any person may obtain advance notice of all meetings at which any specific type of public business is to be discussed by identifying the type of public business for which he desires to be notified and by supplying the secretary of the Albany Independent Agricultural Society with stamped, self-addressed envelopes.  The secretary will mail to such person a notice of the time, place, and type of business to be discussed at the meeting at least four (4) calendar days before the meeting is scheduled unless the meeting is an emergency meeting.

(C)   The secretary of the Albany Independent Agriculture Society will maintain a list of representatives of the news media who have requested in writing notice of special or emergency meetings.  The secretary shall mail such representatives notice at least four (4) days before special meetings or shall telephone notice at least twenty-four (24) hours before special meetings.  In the event of an emergency meeting, the representatives of the news media who have requested notification of emergency meetings shall be notified immediately of the time, place and purpose of the meeting.  The news media requesting notice pursuant to this paragraph shall supply the secretary with a name, mailing address, and telephone number of the representative to be contacted.

RULE II

                Minutes of all meetings of the Albany Independent Agricultural Society will be promptly recorded and shall be open to public inspection during the hours of 9:00am to 9:00pm Monday through Friday at the office of the secretary, Albany Independent Agricultural Society, PO Box 193, Albany, Ohio 45710.

 

                                CURRENT SEASON/OHIO’S LIVESTOCK HEALTH EXHIBITION RULES

901:18-01 CHAPTER’S APPLICATION

(A)   Animals listed in this chapter when moved or imported into Ohio for exhibition purposes only shall comply with the requirements of this chapter and when in compliance with the provisions of this chapter shall, with the exception of rules governing movement and importation of quarantined animals, be exempt from any other rules governing movement within or importation into Ohio.

(B)   Animals moved within or imported into Ohio for any purpose in addition to exhibition shall meet all movement and import requirements of chapter 901:1-17 of the Administrative code.

 

901:1-18-02         DEFINITIONS

As used in this chapter:

(A)   “Exhibition” means any public show of animals which is sponsored by or under the control of an Ohio county or independent agricultural society organized under chapter 1711. Of the revised code; or the Ohio state fair; or which is assembled for a period which exceeds thirty-six hours or contains animals or origins other than Ohio.

(B)   “Certificate of veterinary inspection” means a form from the state of origin which has been issued and completed by a licensed and accredited veterinarian attesting to the health status and identification of an animal listed thereon.

(C)   “Approved veterinarian” means any licensed and accredited veterinarian approved by the Ohio department of agriculture, or an employee of the Ohio department of agriculture, animal plant health inspection service, and veterinary services.

(D)   “Licensed and accredited veterinarian” means a person who is licensed by the state of Ohio to practice veterinary medicine and who is certified by the United States department of agriculture, animal plant health inspection service, and veterinary services, to be an accredited veterinarian.

(E)    “Residue” means any poisonous or deleterious pesticide governed by 40 C.F.R 180, any poisonous or deleterious substance governed by 21 C.F.R. 109.6 or any other substance governed by 21 C.F.R. 556.

(F)    “Contagious or infectious disease” means any disease, including any foreign animal disease, or vector, capable of transmission by any means from a carrier animal to a human or to another animal and includes dangerously contagious or infectious diseases.

(G)  “Tuberculosis accredited free herd” is on that has been at least two consecutive annual negative official tests for tuberculosis in accordance with the “Uniform Methods and Rules – Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication”, and has no other evidence of bovine tuberculosis.

901:1-18-03         EXHIBITIONS: sanitation, inspection and records.

(A)   Each entity sponsoring an exhibition shall have in attendance an approved veterinarian for the duration of the exhibit.

(B)   Each entity sponsoring an exhibition shall:

(1)    Immediately, prior to an exhibition and under the direction of the approved veterinarian, thoroughly clean and disinfect each building, pen, stall, ring or other enclosure in which animals are to be quartered for exhibition:

(2)    Have the approved veterinarian:

(a)    Examine the certificate of veterinary inspection when required for an animal brought to the exhibition.

(b)   Inspect within a reasonable time of arrival each animal brought to the exhibit for symptoms of any infectious or contagious disease;

(c)    Daily inspect each animal present at the exhibition for symptoms of infectious or contagious disease.

(3)    Maintain a record of one year from the date of the exhibition for symptoms of infectious or contagious disease.  The record shall contain the name and address of the owner of each animal and the species and breed of the animal.

(4)    May order the immediate removal of any animal which in the opinion of the approved veterinarian places other animals at unacceptable risk of disease.

 

(C)   An exemption from the requirements of paragraph (B)(1) of this rule may be requested from the department and will be granted when, in the judgement of the department, cleaning and disinfection will serve no purpose. By way of example only, cleaning and disinfection will generally serve no purpose in a newly constructed building that has never been occupied.

901:1-18-04 EXHIBITORS

(A)   No person shall present for exhibition or exhibit an animal which he knows or has reason to suspect is affected with or has been exposed to a dangerously contagious or infectious disease or residue.

(B)   The owner or bailee of an animal with symptoms or contagious disease shall, when directed by an exhibition official, the approved veterinarian, or an employee of the Ohio department of agriculture, immediately remove the animal from the exhibition premises.

(C)   Upon request, each person who presents for exhibition or exhibits an animal shall make available a certificate of veterinary inspection, registration certificates, vaccination certificate, and other documents to exhibition officials, the approved veterinarian or an employee of the Ohio department of agriculture.

(D)   Each person who presents for exhibition or exhibits an animal for which a certificate of veterinary inspection is required by rules 901:1-18-01 to 901:1-18-11 of the Administrative Code shall forward a copy of the certificate of veterinary inspection to the Ohio department of agriculture’s division of animal industry.

 

901:1-18-05 POULTRY AND FOWL

(A)   All turkeys, chicken and game birds moved within or imported into Ohio for exhibition must:

(1)    Originate directly from a flock or hatchery which is a participant in the national poultry improvement plan for the eradication of disease and be accompanied by documentary evidence that they meet the requirements of the paragraph; or

(2)    Originate directly from a flock which has had a negative test for pullorum/fowl typhoid disease within twelve months preceding the opening date of exhibition and be accompanied by documentary evidence that they meet the requirements of this paragraph; or

(3)    Have had a negative test for pullorim/fowl typhoid disease, within ninety days, preceding the opening date of the exhibition and be accompanied by documentary evidence that they meet requirement of this paragraph ; or

(4)    Be tested for pullorum/fowl typhoid disease upon arrival at the exhibition by a tester approved by the Ohio department of agriculture and found negative.

(B)   The rapid whole blood test shall not be used to test turkeys for compliance with the requirements or paragraph (A) (2), (A) (3) and (A) (4) of this rule.

(C)   Waterfowl, doves and pigeons are exempt from this rule.

901:1-18-06 CATTLE

(A)   Cattle moved within Ohio for exhibition:

(1)    The animals presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease.

(B)   All cattle imported into Ohio for exhibition must:

(1)    Be accompanied by certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days preceding the opening date of the exhibition; and

(2)    Originate from a tuberculosis-accredited free herd, an accredited free state or zone, or a modified accredited state or zone;

(3)    If originate from a modified accredited state or zone must comply with Rule 901:1-17-03 of the Administrative Code;

(4)    If originate from an accreditation preparatory or a non-accredited state or zone are prohibited from exhibition;

(5)    If from a brucellosis class A state or area/zone must be negative to an official brucellosis test within thirty days of the opening date of the exhibition unless: they are under six months of age, steers, or official vaccinates under twenty months of age (dairy) or twenty-four months of age (beef); and

(6)    If from a brucellosis class B or C state of area/zone must meet all requirements for pre-entry testing as specified in 9 C.F.R. 78.9 and obtain an Ohio permit prior to movement.

(C)   Cattle from a brucellosis certified free herd or class free state are not required to be brucellosis tested.

901:1-18-07 GOATS

(A)   Goats moved within Ohio for exhibition:

(1)    The animal presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease.

(2)    All sexually intact animals and any wether eighteen months of age and older must be identified with an official as defined in rule 901:1-13-4 of the Ohio Administrative code

(B)   Goats imported into Ohio for exhibition:

(1)    Must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days preceding the opening date of the exhibition;

(2)    The animal presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease; and

(3)    The owner and the veterinarian must attest to the following statement written on the certificate of veterinary inspection “the goats in this shipment are not known to be under any movement restrictions because of scrapie.”

(4)    Originate from a tuberculosis accredited free herd as defined in rule 901-18-02 (G) of the Administrative Code for bovine tuberculosis eradication; or

(5)    Originate from a bovine accredited free state or zone, or a bovine modified accredited advanced state or zone; or

(6)    Originate from a bovine modified accredited or zone must comply with Rule 901:1-17-06 of the Administrative Code.

(C)   If originate from a bovine accreditation preparatory or a bovine non-accredited state or zone are prohibited from exhibition.

901:1-18-08 HORSES, MULES AND PONIES

(A)   Horses, mules and ponies moved within Ohio  for exhibition:

(1)    If not under quarantine and if they are free of any signs of a contagious or infectious disease; and

(2)    If the animal is twelve months of age or older, the exhibition manager may require that the animal has been tested and classed negative to an official test for equine infectious anemia within twelve months of the opening date of the exhibitions.

(B)   Horses, mules and ponies imported into Ohio for exhibition:

(1)    Shall be accompanied by an official certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days of the opening date of the exhibition or obtain a permit for extended time granted by the chief of the division of animal industry as authorized in paragraph (C) of rule 901:1-17-01 of the Administrative Code; and

(2)    If the animal is twelve months of age or older, it shall be accompanied by evidence the animal was negative to an official test for equine infectious anemia within six months of the opening date of the exhibition; and

(3)    Upon request by an authorized representative of the Ohio department of agriculture, the person responsible for each animal must make available a chronological list of dates, place and events attended by this animal within thirty days prior to entry into Ohio.

901:1-18-09 SHEEP

(A)   Sheep moved within Ohio for exhibition:

(1)    The animal presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease.

(2)    All sexually intact animals and any wether eighteen months of age and older must be identified with an official identification as defined in rule 901:1-13-04 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

(B)   Sheep imported into Ohio for exhibition:

(1)    Must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days preceding the opening date of the exhibition ; and

(2)    The animals presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease; and

(3)    The owner and the veterinarian must attest to the following statement written on the certificate of veterinary inspection “the sheep in this shipment are not known to be under any movement restrictions because of scrapie”.

901:1-18-10 SWINE

(A)   Swine moved within Ohio for exhibition:

(1)    The animals presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease.

(2)    Will be exempt from the requirement of a certificate of veterinary inspection if they originate immediately and directly from a pseudorabies stage V area.

(3)    Swine originating from a pseudorabies state IV are shall:

(a)    Be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days preceding the opening of  the exhibition; and

(b)   Originate from a pseudorabies qualified herd; or

(c)    Be negative to an official pseudorabies test within thirty days of the exhibition.

(B)   Swine imported into Ohio for exhibition:

(1)    Must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days preceding the opening date of the exhibition; and

(a)    Originate immediately and directly from a pseudorabies stage V area or an area or country recognized by the United States department of agriculture, animal plant health inspection service, veterinary services as pseudorabies free: or

(b)   Originate immediately and directly from a pseudorabies stage IV area; and

(c)    Be negative to an official pseudorabies test within thirty days of the exhibition.

 

901:1-18-11 Llama.

(A)   Camelids including, but not limited to, llamas, alpacas and vicuanas moved within Ohio for exhibition when presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of an infectious or contagious disease.

(B)   Camelids including but not limited to llamas, alpacas and vicuanas imported into Ohio for exhibition:

(1)    Must be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection issued within thirty days preceding the opening date of the exhibition and be identified with official individual identification.

(2)    When presented for exhibition must show no symptoms or evidence of contagious disease.