Agricultural Societies

County fairgrounds and operations include a number of unique risks that MCIT can help members learn to manage.

County Fairs and Other Agricultural Society Events Require Specific Risk Management Solutions

Ten areas generate the most questions and concerns from agricultural societies/county fairs regarding risk management. MCIT encourages members to plan ahead to minimize risks as much as possible.

10 Essentials of Risk Management for Agricultural Societies 

MCIT risk management consultants are available to assist MCIT members that are agricultural societies with the items below. Members can call their consultant to set up a meeting to discuss them, to review the Risk Management Resources for Agricultural Societies booklet or to receive a risk management perspective on other concerns.

Agricultural Societies Risk Management Resources book coverThe 10 essentials ares of risk management for agricultural societies:

  1. Property coverage
  2. Property schedule review and maintenance
  3. Contract procedures and policies
  4. Insurance requirements for vendors, contractors, promoters and special events
  5. Special events during the county fair
  6. Other special events at the fair grounds
  7. Garagekeepers coverage for storing other people’s vehicles
  8. Volunteer coverage
  9. Claims reporting
  10. MCIT resources

More Resources, Tools

  • Members are encouraged to contact their MCIT risk management and loss control consultants when they have questions regarding risk management and safety for their operations.
  • Members should work with their legal counsel when setting up policies and procedures to ensure the agricultural society is in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
  • The Resource Library includes a number of articles related to risk management, such as contracts, volunteers and coverage; workplace safety and other concerns related to agricultural society activities.
  • The Step Wisely program includes valuable tools to help prevent slip, trip and fall accidents. Step Wisely logo
  • Through MCIT, members have access to other services that may be beneficial to agricultural society operations, such as fire protection assessments and specialized coverage placement.
  • The Employee Assistance Program provides no-cost, confidential counseling for MCIT member employees and their dependents for personal concerns.
  • All MCIT member organizations are members of the Minnesota Safety Council, giving them access to no-cost or reduced-fee services, including training classes and videos, consultation services and written educational resources.