How It Works
Your ticket purchase is a donation to the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit scholarship program of the San Diego County Fair and the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Foundation was formed in 1986 as a tribute to Tom Hernandez, who, in the role of Don Diego, served as the legendary goodwill ambassador of the Fair from 1947 until his death in 1984.
Each year, the Foundation provides college scholarships to outstanding San Diego County high school seniors who have participated in the San Diego County Fair or other Del Mar Fairgrounds events. The Foundation also gives grants to area schools to participate in agricultural education programs at the Fair.