Even though Grace and Gem Valley are somewhat isolated from the larger population centers of southeast Idaho, local residents still have many cultural events to enjoy in the area. Traditionally, each of the three communities in Caribou County enjoy the spotlight at different times during the summer. The City of Soda Springs is responsible for the annual 4th of July celebration. This includes a county wide parade and an outstanding play or musical presented by area residents. Bancroft has a Pioneer Day celebration on the 24th of July that features a historic program, a county wide parade and rodeo.
The big event for Grace is the annual Caribou County Fair that is held each year during the first week of August. The fair includes a carnival, livestock exhibits, exhibits of local photographers and artists and demonstrations of homemaking skills. A childrens parade is held at noon on Wednesday of fair week
and is sponsored by the Grace Chamber of Commerce. Outstanding stars present terrific musical entertainment. Past performers have been Doug Supernaw and Chris Ledoux. The fair parade is held at
5:00 PM on both Friday and Saturday of the fair week, just before the PRCA sanctioned rodeo.
Another cultural highlight in Grace has been the
activities of the Gem Valley Performing Arts Committee. Each school year they sponsor an outstanding series of cultural events that are held in the new 520 seat Gem Valley Performing Arts Center. Past participants include Michael McClean,
Kerry Christensen, performers from Brigham Young University, Utah State
University and Brigham Young University Idaho. Season tickets are sold that
gives purchasers their choice of outstanding seats. Surplus funds generated
by the committee are donated back to the school district to enhance the
The Grace High School has an outstanding drama department and with the new 520 seat auditorium, the plays presented are an outstanding cultural event. There is normally one play presented in the fall and another in the spring during the school year.
Past plays presented include "Oklahoma", "Hello Dolly", "South
Pacific" and "Fiddler on the Roof". In addition, the Grace High School band and chorus present concerts, both at Christmas time and at the end of the school year in May.
High School athletics are also exciting to watch. The boys participate in football, basketball, wrestling and track. The girls have volleyball, basketball and track. Both have won state tournaments and are always strong contenders in their district competition.
Central Links Golf, a nine hole golf course located about 10 minutes west of Grace, was opened several years ago and is still undergoing expansion. The local geography was used to make a very unique and challenging course. It features a new clubhouse that has toilet facilities, snacks and soft drinks. In addition a 10 unit RV Park has been installed that has full hookups and an adjacent pavilion patio available for gatherings. Golf lessons are available and they work closely with the local school district to provide training for high school students.