Installing new bricks

Earl Flores Jr. installs new Legacy Bricks around the Plaza de Mexico fountain at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.


Del Mar, CA …    Pondering what to buy that special someone this holiday? The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation offers a gift as special and unique as your recipient: a customized Brick permanently installed at the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ Legacy Fountain.

Prices begin at just $150. A replica Brick can also be purchased to embellish home or office. Information and secure online purchase are at .

A Legacy Brick personalized with text and/or images not only commemorates a person or occasion; it also enshrines the recipient in the rich, iconic history of the Fairgrounds, and San Diego. The San Diego County Fair harks back to the 1880s; the Fairgrounds to the 1930s; the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation to 1986.

Hundreds of Legacy Bricks decorate the pathway to the Fountain. Together, they tell a story of cherished family times, great days at the Fair and (“Thank you, Zenyatta!”) memorable racetrack wins. We invite you to add your chapter to the ongoing story.

According to Don Diego Executive Director Chana Mannen, the brick purchase is a tax-deductible donation. She states, “What better way to help Don Diego celebrate our 30th anniversary than by enabling us to continue building a better San Diego, one scholarship at a time!”

The Don Diego Scholarship Foundation was named for Don Diego, AKA Tom Hernandez, who served as the Fair’s welcoming goodwill ambassador from 1947-1984. Since its inception in 1986, the Foundation has awarded approximately $797,000 in scholarships to 177 students and in agriculture education grants. Information on Don Diego’s history and the Foundation’s current programs and donation opportunities is at and