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California Fairs announces new "Voice of the Humboldt County Fair"


August 13, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Chris Griffin, who has served as announcer for the famed Harlem Globetrotters for the past five years, will add another notch to his growing sports announcing resume when he becomes the "Voice of the Humboldt County Fair" for its upcoming 119th race meet.

The 34-year-old Griffin replaces Frank Mirahmadi, who called the horse races at the Humboldt Fair for the past nine years, before accepting the race announcing post at the current Monmouth Park meet in New Jersey.

Griffin will call his first-ever horse race when the Humboldt season opens Friday, August 21, and he is certainly looking forward to this new venture and initial visit to Ferndale.

"I have been very passionate about horse racing since my father took me to race tracks in Southern California as a youngster," recalls Griffin. "And Frank (Mirahmadi) has told me so many good things about the Humboldt County Fair which makes me honored and thrilled to make Ferndale my first track as a horse race announcer."

Griffin, native of Santa Monica, comes to the Humboldt Fair with an extensive background in calling sporting events around the world. He began his announcing career with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) nine years ago.

Most recently, he has served as the play-by-play announcer for the Harlem Globetrotters with his voice heard on NBC, ABC and Fox Sports networks. His biggest thrills involved announcing the Globetrotters' games in Japan for the military and at such famed venues as Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Humboldt Fair manager Richard Conway recalls he was "very impressed" with the tapes that Griffin sent auditioning for the race calling job in Ferndale.

"He (Griffin) has a great voice and one that really catches your attention," said Conway. "Chris is a huge race fan and I'm sure he will convoy this to fans during the Humboldt Fair meet. We are excited to have him as our new announcer."

Griffin has done numerous handicapping shows, working with Mirahmadi at the Sonoma County Fair Santa Rosa, famed analyst Professor Gordon Jones at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, along with hosting a race show for the 2008 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. He tabs Mirahmadi as a "great" help for his initial race calling duties.

"Frank has been a great mentor for me," claims Griffin. "He has helped me in so many ways, and filled me in so much about Ferndale, calling them the nicest people and fans who will welcome you with open arms.

"I want to give new sound and energy to a sport that I really love. And I'm sure this will be an experience that I will never forget."

Mirahmadi also serves as race announcer at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, which runs from January into April, along with filling in for two weeks in June at Santa Anita for Trevor Denman. He will also be at the "mike" in October at Fresno. He called last week's Haskell Invitational at Monmouth won by Triple Crown champion American Pharoah.

Six days of racing are on tap for the Humboldt Fair meet, with afternoon action on tap Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (August 21-22-23) and August (28-29-30).

Post time for the first race will be 2:07 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 3:07 p.m. both Fridays.