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Twins Days celebrates 40th festival bringing together multitudes of multiples

By Emily Moran | Twinsburg Bulletin Published: August 6, 2015 12:33 PM
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Twinsburg — Through space and time, this year’s world-renowned gathering of multiples will be bring festivals past, present and future together for “Twins Days: Times 2 Remember!,” Aug. 7 through 9 in Glen Chamberlin Park.

“The city is extremely excited about the 40th Twins Days Festival coming up,” Mayor Katherine Procop said July 24. “It is going to be fun to review the last 40 festivals through the memories of visiting twins from across the globe.”

Attendees of the festival that draws thousands to the city named for twins — the festival has a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest gathering of twins in the world — are encouraged to commemorate past themes or dress in a costume from the future.

Or, dress in any interstellar mixture of several, from super heroes to hippies to sports figures.

“Unlike other festivals, this one honors a very unique group of people,” said Jeannie DiMatteo, Double Take Parade co-chair and parade MC of this year’s event. “A set of twins and higher multiples will have the opportunity to make new friends from across the globe who share in that common multiple bond.”

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In the past, the festival has had a western theme, a tropical theme, a super hero theme, a fairy tale and fable theme and many more since the very first Twins Days Festival in 1976.

“I am always amazed by the creativity that is displayed during the Double Take Parade and I have no doubt that the costumes and enthusiasm this year will be at an all time high,” Procop said.

The festival is open to all twins, triplets, and quadruplets or other multiples, and 1,185 sets of multiples have registered thus far, according to Twins Days Festival Committee member Sandy Miller. A total of 1,895 sets of twins registered last year.

And the festival continues to be global, with twins registering from as far away as Italy and India for this year’s festival.

“There are twins from India, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, England and Canada coming this year ... that I can remember off of the top of my head,” Miller said.

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Twins Days will once again feature food, fun, live entertainment, vendors and contests as well as the spectacle of the Double Take Parade, which steps of Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. at Richner Court.

Miller said this year will recognize all Twinsburg twins before the twins contests over the weekend. This year’s the festival will also feature more booths and a bigger fireworks show than 2014.

The city’s hallmark event will kick off Aug. 7 with festivities for registered twins or multiples of twins and their families only—including the Welcome Wiener Roast at Twinsburg High School, a twins volleyball tournament, children’s field games, inflatable bounce houses, a cornhole tournament, the Twins Days Golf Outing at Gleneagles (open to the public), a raffle and karaoke accompanied by a DJ.

The crowning of the 2015 Twins Days Festival Royal Court, live music performed by the Jazz Trio as well as an appearance by Jungle Terry is also on tap for Aug. 7.

“Friday night will begin the big 40th festival and we will have pastoral courts from previous years and the Royal Court for 2015,” Miller said. “It will be like a big birthday party for our 40th festival.”

DiMatteo said twins meet up on the Square prior to the send off of the parade, which opens the public portion of the festival, exchanging greetings and stories.

“It is truly a ‘family reunion’ of sorts for the twins,” DiMatteo said. “It is wonderful to see not only the twins involved and excited, but the community as well.”

DiMatteo said there will be more than 80 time-travelling vehicles and floats in this year’s parade, as well as the THS Marching Band, Twinsburg VFW Post 4929, police vehicles, fire trucks, dance teams, martial arts studios, sports teams, local businesses, and thousands of twins.

She said she believes there will be at least 1,500 individuals marching in the parade this year.

“A spectacular addition for our 40th celebration will be the participation of the past Royal Court members,” DiMatteo said. “We have invited all past Royal Court and Grand Marshals to join in the parade either walking or riding in vehicles.”

Along and throughout the serpentine paths and wooded setting of Glen Chamberlin Park will be a variety of twins contests, a twins’ talent show and twins group photos.  A fireworks show will be at dusk Aug. 8 at Glen Chamberlin Park.

The last day of the festival, Aug. 9, will include a 5K race/walk in the morning at Dodge Intermediate School, benefitting the Melanoma Education Initiative. A volleyball tournament, talent show and a second group photo opportunity will follow that day.

In addition, a time capsule that will include photos, programs, newspaper clippings, festival theme shirts and other items from the past 39 festivals will be dedicated at 11:15 a.m.

“I know it is difficult for the residents to, at times, open up their city for the multitudes of multiples, but what they do in welcoming the twins and neighboring visitors is nothing short of awe-inspiring,” DiMatteo said. “My personal thanks to the
residents and employees of the city of Twinsburg for being such
gracious hosts to so many.”

Public admission to the festival for non-registered twins, and families of registered twins is $4 per person per day but children five-years-old and younger can enter for free. Admission to all Twinsburg residents is free of charge with proof of residency.
Public parking will be available near festival grounds for $3 per day and regular shuttles will run between the parking lots and the festival grounds.

The festival will conclude at 7 p.m. Aug. 9.

“As a volunteer, for my family and myself, the festival preparation is at times all consuming, but when I see the smiles and tears and hugs and happiness on the faces of those who come to the festival, then I remember why I am celebrating my 12th year on the committee and my 22nd as a volunteer,” DiMatteo
said.

Email: emoran@recordpub.com
Phone: 330-541-9423
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