Don Diego Clock Tower Upgrade

The Del Mar Fairgrounds unveiled the newly refurbished Don Diego Clock Tower on Tuesday, March 14. The three-sided tower, which was built in 1953, features tile mosaics of fair ambassador Don Diego, who was played by actor Tommy Hernandez from 1947 to 1984. Recently, the structure below the tower, which was located on the fair's midway, was demolished, but the 15-ton upper section was moved by crane to a spot near the fairgrounds' O'Brien gate.

The upgraded Don Diego Clock Tower.
The upgraded Don Diego Clock Tower. (Joe Tash)