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Drones And The Fair

The Darke County Agricultural Society has an active Drone Policy and it will be enforced during the 160th Fair that takes place August 19-27, 2016.  The Darke County Agricultural Society bans the use of all remotely controlled devices such as aircraft, cars, etc.

• No remotely controlled aircraft or ground vehicle devices are authorized to operate on, above or below Darke County Agricultural Society property at any time without the express written consent of the Darke County Agricultural Society 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.
• 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 Darke County Agricultural Society property, and/or a response from law enforcement authority.
• The Darke County Agricultural Society 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 Darke County Agricultural Society or 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 Darke County Agricultural Society property.
• Drones 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 Darke County Agricultural Society must provide a picture of the drone; current physical address/phone number; a copy of their drivers license.
Adopted May 4, 2016; revised July 6, 2016

Click here for a PDF version of this policy

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