Del Mar Fairgrounds

Fairgrounds hoping to update payment structure for managers

Fairgrounds hoping to update payment structure for managers

DEL MAR — In an effort to better compensate management employees, officials at the Del Mar Fairgrounds are trying to modify a payment structure that hasn’t been updated in more than 20 years.

Restoration at fairgrounds begins

Restoration at fairgrounds begins

DEL MAR — A Feb. 24 groundbreaking officially began a restoration project to convert back to wetlands a large vacant parcel south of the Del Mar Fairgrounds that has for years been used as an overflow parking lot primarily during the San Diego County Fair and thoroughbred race meet.

Board nixes alternative use plans for Surfside

Board nixes alternative use plans for Surfside

DEL MAR — A request for interest for alternative uses for an underused facility at the Del Mar Fairgrounds has been officially terminated, scrapping proposals to transform Surfside Race Place into a microbrewery, luxury theaters, a family entertainment center with high-tech bowling or a combination of all three.

Board honors employee, supports train stop and mini-satellite wagering site

Board honors employee, supports train stop and mini-satellite wagering site

DEL MAR — Employee recognition, support for a seasonal train platform, a traffic study update and approval of mini-satellite wagering were addressed at the Feb. 11 meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors.

Fall race meet goes ‘Old Hollywood’

DEL MAR — The 2014 summer horse races at the Del Mar Fairgrounds will remain “Cool as Ever,” as the famous slogan promises. But the iconic blue and gold diamonds have been scratched from the lineup as the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club readies for the 15-day fall meet this November.

Holiday of Lights may stay dark

Holiday of Lights may stay dark

DEL MAR — As many people discovered, some after driving to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the 2013 Holiday of Lights was canceled this year because of an ongoing project to widen the turf track.

Council to weigh in on seasonal platform,  double tracking, bridge replacement

Council to weigh in on seasonal platform, double tracking, bridge replacement

DEL MAR — Following two presentations at the Nov. 4 meeting on a project that will double track the railroad, replace the nearly 100-year-old San Dieguito River Bridge and add a special events platform at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, council members agreed to send a letter listing their concerns to the San Diego Association of […]

City limits permit comments to traffic woes

DEL MAR — City Council unanimously agreed at the Nov. 4 meeting to again weigh in on events allowed on property east of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, but comments will be limited to how those uses impact traffic rather than the nearby wetlands.

It’s lights out this year for a Del Mar holiday tradition

It’s lights out this year for a Del Mar holiday tradition

DEL MAR — The Del Mar Fairgrounds has pulled the plug on this year’s Holiday of Lights.

Auditions seek out those possessing talent, not those possessed

Auditions seek out those possessing talent, not those possessed

DEL MAR – A laugh, evil and ghastly rings out from a darkened hallway. Even though it’s the middle of the day and outside the sun is blazing, the laugh still has a blood chilling effect.