(PRESS RELEASE FROM VALLEY FAIR)
Giessens have been a mainstay of Valley since the 1980s…
Dave and Nancy Giessen have been selected as the 2018 Valley Community Fair grand marshals.
Dave and Nancy moved with their two girls to the Jump Off Joe area from Spokane in 1986. In 1988, they moved down the road and had a small hobby farm with chickens, horses and goats. Hugh Franks got wind that Dave loved to draw and in 1989 he asked him to draw, the design for that year’s Valley Fair t-shirt. That shirt design had a “Valley” version of Mount Rushmore with a farmer, miner, logger and a storekeeper on it as if sculpted into the rocky cliffs that are located just north of Valley on Route 231.
Hugh had a very wild imagination, Dave mentioned, but he expressed right off the bat “that he couldn’t draw a straight line.” Quickly Dave was aware that Hugh also struggled with crooked lines. Since then, Dave and Hugh have composed at least 24 Valley Fair and Across the Valley designs. Nancy and Dave’s daughter, Danielle, actually created a few of the designs as well. Sometimes it wasn’t that easy to interpret Hugh’s hieroglyphics into a rendering that met his high standards, but each year they were able to accomplish a fantastic Valley t-shirt.
“Hugh has even shown up right when we would be sitting down for dinner,” said Nancy and Dave. Dave and he would share many a root beer floats in the process of conjuring up the next t-shirt design together. Lennon and McCartney got a similar start, I’m sure!
“We love the Valley Fair,” commented Dave. “Our youngest daughter, Rhiannon, entered a chicken that she had raised and won a trophy for having the Best Chicken that year. The little hen even contributed an egg during the fair. Another year, our girls rode their ponies in the parade and had so much fun; the next year, Ma and I prayed for enough courage to ride our horses in the parade as well. That particular year we were placed right behind a float and a fire truck was right behind us. To say our horses were a little spooked would be an understatement; they were in launch mode for the duration of the parade. We had to dismount after riding the gauntlet from the gas station to the post office.
“By 1990, Nancy and our girls had a passion for music and started to play on center stage during the fair. They performed with their violins and voices with the VBC Church Group. Nancy would play the violin, keyboard or drums to fill any musical vacancy. What a wonderful, friendly atmosphere the Valley Community Fair provides for our folks. We just love Valley!
“Many thanks to the fair committee for letting us share this prestigious honor of being the Valley Community Fair Grand Marshals.”