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Article 12. Fairs, Stock Shows, and Expositions

Sec. 12.01. County Stock Shows.
Subject to the licensing requirements and other provisions of this Act, a county may conduct an annual race meeting, not to exceed 16 racing days, in connection with a livestock show or exhibit that is held under Chapter 319, Local Government Code. The race meetings may be conducted by an agent selected by the commissioners court under Section 319.004, Local Government Code, if the agent is qualified to hold a license under this Act. This Act does not prohibit a county from exercising any right otherwise granted to any person by this Act.

Sec. 12.02. Fairs.
Subject to the licensing requirements and other provisions of this Act, a nonprofit corporation organized under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act (Article 1396-1.01 et seq., Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes) for the purpose of encouraging agriculture through the operation of public fairs and livestock exhibitions may conduct a race meeting, not to exceed 16 racing days.

Sec. 12.03. County Fairs.
  (a) A county that holds a class 4 racetrack license may conduct an annual race meeting not to exceed five racing days in connection with a livestock show or exhibition held under Chapter 319, Local Government Code. A race meeting must be conducted on a day when general fair activities are conducted.
  (b) A county that holds a class 4 racetrack license may contract with an agent to conduct any portion of a race meeting. An agent must hold a license issued under this Act that is appropriate for the service the agent provides.

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