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The City of Mabank is one of those special places to live, work, play and grow your family. It's pretty hard to find these places in our rapidly moving modern day society. Established in 1900, resulting from the arrival of the Texas and New Orleans Railroad, Mabank is rich in history. With the wisdom and grace that only comes with time, Mabank maintains seasoned characteristics and values that are blended with progressive attitudes that encourage area wide growth, economic prosperity and a enhanced quality of life. Mabank enjoys it's well deserved notoriety as the Friendliest Town on Cedar Creek Lake and reputation for its "Can Do" attitude.
Today, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) estimates Mabank to have a population of approximately 3,250 people and a growth rate of nearly five (5%) a year. Located adjacent to the northern portion of Cedar Creek Lake, the City is a full partner in the economic vibrancy of the lake area market and economic region comprised of over 60,000 people. The continued growth of Mabank is due in part to its great location and convenience to everything afforded by major highways such as U.S. 175 and Texas State Highway 198 that come to and through the City. These roads position Mabank as a primary entrance into the Cedar Creek Lake area, as well as, allowing easy one hour access to the major airports, employment centers and services of the Dallas and Tyler metropolitan areas. Significant hospital/health care facilities are nearby, only 30 minutes away, in Athens and Kaufman, Texas. Immediately accessible emergency clinic facilities are located right next door to Mabank in its neighbor city. But when you arrive in Mabank, your likely to want to stay or come back and visit.
The City of Mabank, with its progressive City Council, offers an excellent business climate and a full range of public services including central water and sewer plus exceptionally equipped/qualified police and fire departments. You'll find nationally and regionally based light manufacturing companies, commercial retail stores, restaurants, historic Market Street and its' shops and the beautiful new Comfort Suites Hotel with corporate/community meeting facilities.
Residents of Mabank and the surrounding area enjoy Tri-County Library on Market Street and the exceptional schools, all achieving "Exemplary Status", provided through the Mabank Independent School District (MISD). Local youth organizations provide opportunities for children to participate in little league baseball, soccer, football and other activities at Mabank's interconnected park system including George Watts Park, the 24,000 square foot under roof Mabank Pavilion and the Andrew Gibbs Memorial Rodeo Arena. There is always room for fun and events.
Speaking of fun, Mabank presently hosts four major events per year. These events are enjoyed by all area wide residents and draw thousands of visitors to Mabank and the lake area. Beginning with the first Saturday in May, the Cedar Creek Lake Car Show and Kiwanis Krawfish Boil happens at the Mabank Pavilion, followed three weeks later by the Cedar Creek Lake Festival of the Arts held on historic Market Street in downtown Mabank. Towards the end of June, you won't want to miss the annual Mabank Western Week and Rodeo at the Andrew Gibbs Memorial Rodeo Arena and Mabank Pavilion. October is the month for the Mabank "Fall Affair" where local businesses, the school system and community organizations get creative as they paint and decorate round and square hay bales in the spirit of Autumn, the Halloween and Thanksgiving season. This event, unique to Mabank, is highlighted at the end of October by the judged cash prize awards for hay bale art held in conjunction with the "Trick or Treat in Mabank" children's program at the Mabank Pavilion.
December brings the Christmas season. Holiday banners wish you a Merry Christmas along the major roads, hay bales become Mr. & Mrs. Claus, polar bears, snowmen and manger scenes. Market Street is dressed in sparkling lights and the Mabank Christmas Parade of Homes happens the first weekend in December. Then on the second weekend of the month, the Mabank Old Fashioned Christmas is held on Market Street. Everyone enjoys the electric train display in city hall, Christmas story telling, carolers, ornament decorating, hay rides and of course, the arrival of Santa.
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