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Gladewater is located at the junction of US 80 and US 271, 13 miles west of Longview. Lake Gladewater, constructed in 1954, provides recreation for city residents.

By 1980 the town had a total of 6,548 residents, 4,311 in Gregg County and 2,237 in Upshur County. The economy in the 1980s depended on the oil industry and related activities and on the manufacture of such products as furniture, clothing, paper products, and boats. The lumber industry is also important, as is agriculture. In 1990 the community was known for its numerous antique stores. The population was 6,027. Important annual festivals include the Roundup Rodeo in June and the Arts and Crafts Festival in September.

Gladewater is part of the Longview-Marshall, Texas metro area.

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03/31 Coming to The area
Texas Shakespeare Festival Kilgore TX June27-July28 The Texas Shakespeare Festival employs high caliber actors, designers, and directors from throughout the nation.
Hope Watermelon Festival Hope AR August9-11 Watermelon Olympics, melon judging and auction, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest, melon toss, antique engine show, entertainment and SW Arkansas' largest arts and crafts show.
Dallas Greek Food Festival Dallas TX September27-29 The Greek Food Festival supports Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church's ministries, community outreach, and youth programs.