Big crowds are turning out for an event that has become a landmark tradition in East Texas. Some of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the nation are turning in big performances at the 56th Annual Gladewater Round-up Rodeo. Some have traveled as far as the midwest to see the rodeo, which has gained in popularity each year of its existence. The round-up will close out Saturday night with the finals of all events. Many of the athletes return year after year to the event to participate in the sport they love. The rodeo continues Saturday night.