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 2024  FAIR  March 12 - 17
Policies & Procedures

Service Animals

During the 6 days of the Okeechobee County Fair, pets are not allowed on the Fairgrounds, with the exception of service animals, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or animals approved as part of an exhibition. Service dogs are those that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person's disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

First Amendment Policy

It is the policy of the Okeechobee County Fair to allow free speech activity whenever said activity is not inconsistent with the normal operations or activities of the Okeechobee County Fairgrounds.

  • An attendee may not use, in any manner, fighting words or obscenities. Within the Okeechobee County Fairgrounds, no individual shall participate in loud, rude or unreasonable behavior; may not use a sound device, including but not limited to a bullhorn or other sound amplifying device that creates sufficient volume to be heard more than 20 feet; disturb the public peace; make threatening comments, actions or gestures towards others; obstruct the use and enjoyment of any facility, area or event; act in a disorderly manner; or participate in any behavior or activity which in the opinion of the Executive Director or the Executive Director's designee may affect the safety or well-being of any person attending the Okeechobee County Fair or a Okeechobee County Fair licensed event.
  • An attendee may not sell or advertise any merchandise or service.
  • An attendee may not advertise, solicit, canvass or disseminate information to an individual in or on a motor vehicle or at any location within a parking lot.
  • An attendee may not advertise, canvass, solicit or disseminate written materials in any location inside Okeechobee County Fair's admission gates, or in any exhibit space assigned to an exhibitor space by the Okeechobee County Fair. The
  • Okeechobee County Fair assigns commercial exhibit spaces within an exhibit area for a fee. Exhibitors who are assigned a commercial exhibit space are subject to the fees, conditions, rules and other information about exhibiting in a particular
  • Exhibit Area published in the Handbook for each Exhibit Area.
  • During events organized by an exhibitor, the exhibitor shall be responsible for regulating the advertising, canvassing, soliciting and disseminating of written materials in locations inside the Okeechobee County Fair's admission gates.

Drone Policy

The Okeechobee County Fair bans the use of all remotely controlled devices such as drones, aircraft, cars, etc.

  • No remotely controlled aircraft or ground vehicle devices are authorized to operate on, above or below the Okeechobee County Fair Fairgrounds at any time without the express written consent of the Okeechobee County Fair and also the proper law enforcement authority.
  • This procedure includes, but is not limited, to unmanned aircraft systems, radio controlled model aircraft, other devices that can be operated in airspace and remote controlled cars/ground vehicles (collectively, “Drones”).
  • Possession or operation of such remotely controlled aircraft or ground vehicle devices without prior written consent will result in the confiscation of all related materials, removal from the Fairgrounds, and/or a response from law enforcement authority.
  • The Okeechobee County Fair will notify the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), and/ or any other law enforcement authority deemed necessary of any incidents involving airborne aircraft or any other unauthorized remote controlled ground based vehicles.
  • Events requiring the use of any such prohibited items listed above must receive a prior written notification of approval from the Okeechobee County Fair and the proper law enforcement authority. Any and all entities requesting to utilize a remotely controlled device must sign the appropriate documentation prior to bringing any such equipment on to, above or below the Fairgrounds and must comply with the requirements of 14 CFR Part 107, including registration.
  • Airborne aircraft or any other unauthorized remote controlled ground based vehicles must be less than 55 pounds, must be operated by a pilot who has passed a written test and is at least 16 years old; can only be flown below 400 feet, during the day, and at least 5 miles away from airports.
  • Individuals given approval to operate Drones by the Okeechobee County Fair must provide a picture of the Drone; current physical address/phone number; and a copy of a valid driver's license.
  • This policy shall not apply to licensees of the Fair that are authorized to sell and/or demonstrate Drones within the confines of a building, pursuant to a license agreement with the Okeechobee County Fair.
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