Double Trouble

By Meera Dolasia on July 25, 2008

If you happen to be in Twinsburg, Ohio, on the weekend of August 1st, don't be surprised if you see double, triple or even quadruple images of every person you meet. That's because you have just arrived at the world's largest Twin Days festival.

The annual festival began in 1976 as a way to celebrate this miracle of nature. Thirty-seven sets of twins showed up for the one-day event. For entertainment, they ran a marathon and watched "Thunder Chicken" perform a skydiving act. The Fireman's Fund served hamburgers, corn on the cob and soda, all for just 76 cents

Things are a little different after thirty-four years. The festival is now three days long and last year attracted over 2,000 sets of twins. As you would expect, the events have also changed accordingly. 

While the marathon continues to be a great tradition, other events such as a twins talent show, hot air balloon rides, golf tournaments, field games, magicians and face painting for the kids as well as live entertainment, are some of the things to look forward to.

The Fireman's fund has been replaced by a full-fledged food court, which offers all kinds of food, though very little for 76 cents.

The festival kicks of with a 'Twins Only' Wiener Roast event on Friday night. The highlight of the festival is the 'Double Take' parade, where all the twins (or multiples) walk from the town square to the festival site.

Among the guests at this year's festival, will be the Sanders family (see pic) from Texas. It comprises of two identical sisters, Diane and Darlene, who married identical brothers Craig and Mark Sanders, a decade ago. As if that wasn't enough, the two families now each have a set of identical twins. The festival is very special to this family, since this is where the two couples first met. Now ten years later, they are celebrating the occassion with their own twins.

Over the years, the festival has made a big impact on some families. Recently, when the second of the identical twins pictured above died he left their entire fortune of $5million USD to the organizers of the twin festival. The two bachelor brothers who had been attending the festival since its inception in 1976, had never missed a single year until they died.

Over the years, the festival has become very popular even among families that don't have twins. To read more about it check out www.twinsdays.org

Sources: Telegraph.co.uk, twinsdays.org, USA today.com

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  • hollman2
    hollman2Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 11:56 am
    lol
    • messi105
      messi105Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 2:46 pm
      I bet they fooled someone
      • jaja101
        jaja101Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 2:15 pm
        a twin awesome
        • batman63
          batman63Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm
          i want a twin it could be cool
          • rainbow_dash13
            rainbow_dash13Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 10:21 am
            I think that that boy may not have a twin but that makes him unique and special like all of us. Who knows he might grow up and have a great life, just like how we will all have a great life. :)
            • nikukyu
              nikukyuMonday, January 5, 2015 at 10:49 pm
              The little boy in the second pic looks so bored cuz he's the only one in the family who doesn't have a twin...aww poor boy
              • ikyra_marie
                ikyra_marieMonday, January 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm
                I have a twin but he's a boy and we look completely different so we can't switch places or fool anyone lol
                • aphphilippines
                  aphphilippinesWednesday, January 7, 2015 at 11:33 am
                  that's awesome!I kinda wish I had a twin
                  • mandm2000
                    mandm2000Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9:06 am
                    That's a bummer
                    • nikukyu
                      nikukyuMonday, January 5, 2015 at 10:48 pm
                      Woah you have a twin? Great!
                    • mandm2000
                      mandm2000Monday, January 5, 2015 at 6:51 pm
                      Cool, but creepy
                      • nikukyu
                        nikukyuTuesday, November 4, 2014 at 9:27 pm
                        So cool! I' ms tarting to think that having a twin wouldn't be as bad as I thought
                        • nancydrew963
                          nancydrew963Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm
                          I bet that if I went to the town on this day, I would be utterly dumbfounded and most likely faint if I saw two identical twins next to each other.
                          • nikukyu
                            nikukyuMonday, January 5, 2015 at 10:46 pm
                            I would think I've totally gone bonkers!
                            • happypug12
                              happypug12Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 5:06 am
                              Me, I would probably walk up to those people and say " Whose who?"

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