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2017 Twins Days Royal Court

Congratulations to our 2017 Royal Court!

Alyssa and Kyle Troyer

Alyssa and Kyle Troyer

GRAND MARSHALS: Alyssa and Kyle Troyer

From the beautiful city of Twinsburg, our 2017 Grand Marshals are Alyssa and Kyle Troyer. Born on June 5, 1999, they have been attending the Twins Days Festival since they were one! They will be seniors at Twinsburg High School this fall. Both are members of the National Honor Society. Alyssa has participated in soccer throughout her high school career and was selected to the First Team All-Conference. She was also on the track team for one year and was awarded a letter! Kyle has been in Twinsburg’s Great Expectation Show Choir, an award winning nationally ranked group.   Kyle created ‘Jumbo-Tron’ videos and graphics for the Great Expectations 2017 baseball show. He also enjoys teaching the middle school show choir with plans to serve as an assistant for the girls’ high school show choir this fall. Next year, Kyle plans to major in business and Alyssa in physical therapy. The Troyer twins are proud to serve as this year’s Grand Marshals for they love being from the hometown of the largest celebration of twins.

 

 

Scott and Nathan Hasbrook

Scott and Nathan Hasbrook

KINGS: Scott and Nathan Hasbrook

Nathan and Scott Hasbrook are from Moore, Oklahoma and this marks their 8th consecutive year attending the Festival. As kids they spent nearly all of their time together and this continued as they went through high school and college. They have always been the best of friends and enjoy traveling together. One of their most notable adventures was backpacking through Europe for an entire summer. They were able to see many world-class sights and even ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. They believe that their unique bond as twins is special and allows them to have someone that they can truly rely on and trust. Most people are not so fortunate to have someone that they know always have their back, and this fact is not lost on the boys. They know their bond is special and something that should not ever be taken for granted. Although Nathan and Scott now live in different states and both got married this last year, they ensure that they stay in close contact and always know what the other is up to.   One of their favorite parts about Twins Days is that they get to spend time with each other as well as their twin friends.

 

Amber and Ashley Ganoe

Amber and Ashley Ganoe

QUEENS: Amber and Ashley Ganoe

The Ganoe Twins, also known as ‘AmberAshley’ or ‘AshleyAmber’ were born on August 25, 1982. Amber is the older twin, but only by a minute and Ashley is content being the baby. The twins grew up in Clarion, PA, where they graduated high school in 2001, and went to separate colleges. Amber attended Clarion University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Ashley went to Slippery Rock University where she also majored in Communications and minored in dance. The twins graduated in 2005, and went to work together at Eat’n Park and their hometown radio station as On-Air Talents. In 2007, Amber moved to Pittsburgh to pursue her radio career and Ashley went to graduate school earning her Master’s Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education in 2009. Currently, Amber lives in Pittsburgh where she works at Wilke and Associates as an Accounts Receivable Manager. She is also planning a February 2018 wedding to her fiancé Brian. Ashley lives 8 minutes from her sister and works at Carlow University as the Events and Special Projects Coordinator and Cheer Coach. Together they enjoy working out, eating ice cream, laughing and spending time with each other and their cats.

 

Francesca and Frederick Bolchalk

Francesca and Frederick Bolchalk

PRINCE AND PRINCESS: Francesca and Frederick Bolchalk (Note: Frederick is Bolchalk III)

Ten year old Francesca and Frederick Bolchalk from Warren, Ohio, stole the hearts of Royal Court judges with their charming essays. Though Francesca is one minute older then her twin brother, Frederick is ‘bigger’. Both have been playing piano since they were four years old. Frederick also plays saxophone in the school band and he loves sports. He plays flag football, basketball, and has a green belt in Karate. As the starting pitcher on his competition baseball team, he is known as ‘Bullet’. In the future, Freddy hopes to be a pitcher for the New York Yankees as well as a brain surgeon. Francesca has wanted to be a Twins Days Princess since she was three! She loves dance and competitive gymnastics. Though she performs ballet, jazz, tap, acro, baton, contemporary, and hip hop, her favorite is acro. She is also in the school band with her brother, playing clarinet and piano. In the future, Francesca wants to be a professional dancer and a surgeon. Someday, Francesca hopes to have two sets of twins: three girls and one boy, just like she has two sisters and her twin brother. Precious. Enough said!

 

Carolyn and Nathan Barrington

Carolyn and Nathan Barrington

PRINCE AND PRINCESS: Carolyn and Nathan Barrington

From Chesapeake, Virginia, 17 year old Carolyn and Nathan Barrington describe themselves as military kids that have seen so many beautiful places, experienced so many beautiful cultures, and met so many beautiful people. Carolyn and Nathan go to two different schools because Carolyn is attending their school district’s ‘Science and Medicine Academy’, although she adds, “Nathan is definitely the smarter one.” They are ranked in their schools, nearly at the top of their classes, because academics are very important to them. This summer, Nathan attended “Boy’s State”, a week-long program for those who represent the quality of leadership best in their high school.   Carolyn is a Girl Scout of over ten years, a lacrosse player, and a dedicated member of the school band. She will serve as Drum Major this fall. Nathan is a Boy Scout diligently working to become an Eagle Scout. He is a stellar Spanish student and a FANTASTIC cross country and track runner. Both are very involved in their community, volunteering at local hospitals and other local organizations. These best friends consider themselves the biggest pair of ‘dorks’ one will ever know, and they wouldn’t want anyone else as their twin!

 

Rama Bhambra

Raman Bhambra

Twinsburg High School Scholarship Winner: Raman Bhambra

From her youth, some of Raman Bhambra’s fondest memories take her back to the Twins Days Festival, a weekend she remembered as being celebrated with enthusiasm, fun and games. As she grew in age, she began to understand the significance of this global celebration. A sense of community pride led her to volunteer countless hours at the festival, and many other organizations, which also gave her the opportunity to work toward her goal of serving others. Along with volunteerism, Raman’s list of musical, religious, and school activities is endless. A member of the tennis team, she played varsity all four years, earning First Team All-Conference. She was a camp volunteer for the Sikh Youth Alliance of North America and an Orator for the Sikh Youth Symposium. A student of ‘Academic Excellence’, Raman took College Credit Plus classes and was a member of the National Honor Society and President of the Foreign Language Honor Society. Raman wishes to continue her life of academics and service by entering the medical field of Neuroscience or Biomedical Engineering. She will be attending Northeast Ohio Medical University for a six year combined BS/MD program.

Jessica Lyden

Jessica Lyden

Twinsburg High School Scholarship Winner: Jessica Lyden

While at Twinsburg High School, Jessica Lyden learned more than just classwork. She developed self-confidence and self-advocacy as well as strong time management skills, something she is quite proud of. Jessica was a cheerleader for both football and basketball all four years, earning 7 varsity awards. Her non-school competitive team brought home two national titles during her freshman and sophomore years. A member of Pep Club and the Homecoming Committee, she gave her time for the support of others. Her volunteer work with the Twins Days Festival, summer youth camps, the Twinsburg Safety Forces Open House, and Athletic Boosters’ events allow her help those in need. Academically, Jessica also participated in the Twinsburg High College Credit Plus program. Jessica learned that through hard work, determination, and focus she could achieve academic success and her dream of going to college. Today, Jessica is realizing that dream. She will be attending the University of Mount Union where she will major in criminal justice. She aspires to attend law school to become an attorney within the juvenile justice system.

 

Alex Walter

Alex Walter

Adam Walter

Adam Walter

Twins Days Festival Scholarship Winners: Alex Jeffrey and Adam David Walter

“Being an identical twin is something extraordinary and unique”, begins Alex Walter about the relationship of him and his twin brother Adam. “It is a common thought that when you are an identical twin, it is hard to be unique. After 18 years of being a twin I have learned to embrace the uniqueness.” From Wapakoneta, Ohio, the Walter brother’s biography is as identical as they are. Both are Eagle Scouts, JV and Varsity letterman in football and track as well as Varsity Vocals ICHSA members, their group ranking as Quarterfinalist in the International Championship School A Cappella. They are also members of the Western Buckeye League Champion football and track teams. These two share a special bond and they would not trade this friendship for the world! The uniqueness of being a twin will follow them through college. Both have been accepted into the same college, The Ohio State University, and both plan to major in Optometry. After they graduate, Alex and Adam would like to open an office called ‘Double Vision’.

 

 

 

2017 Twins Days Theme

To honor of the founding of Twinsburg in 1817 by identical twins Aaron and Moses Wilcox, this year the city and community of Twinsburg will celebrate its bicentennial! Twins Days wants to take this year to honor this historic occasion and to reflect on how the community has grown and changed, and all the places we have traveled and come from.

With this in mind we would also like to celebrate twins’ heritage by announcing this year’s Twins Days official slogan:

“Twins Days 2017—TwinCentennial”

This year, twins are encouraged to dress according to their country of origin, to show their state or city pride, or to represent their family heritage. For example, if your family is originally from France or Italy you can dress to represent this.

The bicentennial is not only a celebration of the history of Twinsburg, but also a celebration of twins too. So, showcase your national pride, and show our unity as a twin community no matter where in this world you are from!

Now, get going on those costumes! Twins Days 2017 will be here before you know it!

2016 Cavaliers Championship Trophy Visits The Twins Days Festival

cavsThe Twins Days Festival Committee is proud to announce that the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers Championship Trophy will be on display at the 2016 Twins Days Festival on Sunday, August 7th. The Cleveland Cavaliers brought home the title in June, marking the city’s first major professional championship since the Browns won the NFL Championship in 1964!

Fans can pose for photos with the trophy on the festival Midway on Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

2016 Twins Days Royal Court

Congratulations to the 2016 Twins Days Festival Royal Court!

Queens – Marlene Graham Wolf and Darlene Graham Mason, ‘The Graham Twins’

Grahams_queensKnown as ‘The Graham Twins’, Marlene and Darlene were born July 23, 1961, nine minutes apart. Growing up in Toronto, our queens graduated from Toronto High School, tied in class rank! West Liberty State College became their home before graduating in 1983, with a bachelor’s degree in education. Receiving a Masters in Reading from the University of Dayton, both are Middle School Language Arts teachers. As students leave one school, and go on to the next, they find they essentially have the same teacher with the same teaching style. Marlene, married to Rick Wolf, has a son, daughter, and granddaughter. To the amazement of many, when Marlene was pregnant with their first child, Darlene had her morning sickness! Darlene, married to Bill Mason, has a son who is a “special child of God” with special needs. Together they enjoy camping, boating, and vacationing in the magical world of Disney. Our queens have won 12 out of 13 years in the ‘Most Alike Contest’. When interviewed by Kim Schmidt for an article in ‘The American Way’, she wrote of them, “They are the most twin-like twins I meet this weekend and that’s saying something in this crowd.”

Kings – Mark and Michael Smith

Smith kingsBorn in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the early hours of November 27, 1954, Mark T. Smith was followed into the world by his brother and womb mate, Michael A. Smith thirteen minutes later. Happy, healthy, and bald (much as they are today!), the twins grew up answering to their twin names ‘MarkMike’ or ‘Twin’. Although they might have resented being dressed the same until they could dress themselves, and being called by the other’s name, the two brothers were best friends through grade and high school. As they grew up, they had different interests. Mark enjoyed working with his hands and Mike found he had an aptitude for theater and art. Both have held diverse jobs and roles throughout their lives. Mark has gone on to enjoy woodworking creating a variety of artistic and functional items from chairs to wall décor. Mike has become a hospice pastor who infuses humor into all his interactions. When not ministering, Mike enjoys spending time creating beautiful stain glass art. Mark and Mike are both married and each has two children. Our Kings enjoy time with their grandchildren and hope to pass on their passion for art, humor, and family.

Princesses – Rachel and Emily Adams

Adams_princessesOur princesses, Rachel and Emily Adams, were born on May 15, 2000, and have attended every Twins Days Festival since. These lifetime residents of Twinsburg do almost everything together including their involvement in both volleyball and softball for Twinsburg High School. Juniors this fall, Rachel will be participating in the dual credit Spanish program through Kent State University and hopes to pursue a physical therapy degree. Emily is still not sure what she will be pursuing in college, but is confident that she will. A highlight of this, their 16th year, both received their driver’s licenses. Our princesses are very supportive of each other. When one has a bad day, the other is certain to lift her spirits. If one is struggling in school, the other is there to help in grasping the material. Though they have many mutual friends, there are a few that they choose to socialize with in the absence of their twin. The fact that they are able to have their own ‘friend group’, they believe, is the reason they are best of friends. They love being twins and living in a community where the largest celebration of being a twin takes place!

Princes – Jacob and Zachery Noseworthy

Noseworthy_princesJacob and Zachery Noseworthy are 10-year-old fraternal twins from Dunnville, Ontario, Canada. They were born September 27, 2005, and will be entering the 6th grade this fall at St. Martin Catholic School. They first attended Twins Days when they were 10 months old and have attended every festival since. This will be their eleven year attending the ‘Twins Party’. (This is what they called it when they were little!) As fraternal twins, they couldn’t be more opposite. Being true Canadians, they love watching hockey. Jacob’s favorite team is the Montreal Canadiens, while Zachery’s favorite is the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jacob loves to read and will re-read a book many times. He also enjoys math and writing computer programs. Zachery loves trains and can tell you the name of any train that goes by. He also enjoys science and playing ball hockey. Both boys bowl and enjoy camping with their parents and younger brother. Their favorite Twins Days moment is entering the contests for ‘Least Alike Males’ and the ‘Furthest from Outside U.S.A. Last year they took gold for ‘Least Alike Males, ages 8-10 years’. They love attending Twins Days and are very honored to be named ‘Princes’.

Grand Marshals – Twinsburg Twins….Jacquelyn and Justin Middleton

Middleton Twins 2016 Grand MarshalsJacquelyn and Justin were born June 3, 2005, and are attending their 11th Twins Days Festival. In 2005, they finished as runners up in the youngest twins contest at seven weeks old.   Participating in the contests over the years, they have won medals for both least alike and most like twins.   Lifelong residents of Twinsburg, they are entering 6th grade at Dodge Intermediate School.   Jacquelyn is a competitive gymnast and Justin plays travel baseball.  They enjoy building LEGOs, jumping on their trampoline and going on bike rides.   They also enjoy going on family vacations with their parents and older sister.   Their favorite parts of Twins Days are riding on the Southeast Mothers of Twins Club float as well as volunteering at the Button Booth.  They are excited to welcome all the sets of twins to this amazing event in our wonderful city and are honored to be this year’s Grand Marshals.

2016 TWINS DAYS FESTIVAL TWINSBURG HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:

Each year the Twins Days Festival Committee honors two Twinsburg High School graduating seniors who exhibit exceptional efforts not only in academics but in community service as well. Both of our recipients have been involved in numerous clubs, organizations, and sports teams throughout their high school career. And they have given countless hours to the community including – of course – the Twins Days Festival. 

Kaitlin Kretz

Kaityln kretz-THS scholarshipA member of the National Society, National Foreign Language Honors Society, Soccer, Student Council and more, along with much community service, Kaitlin Kretz is passionate about her hard work ethic and her tradition of attending Twins Days each year. Of the many opportunities Twinsburg High School affords, the most amazing to Kaitlin was the Cleveland Clinic Summer Internship Program. Nervously she applied, interviewed and was accepted, being one of only 60 chosen from 1,000 applicants. Kaitlyn would like to thank the THS staff who inspired her, for without them, she feels she would never have obtained the skills and confidence needed to pursue this internship. And now, the newly acquired assurance and experience gained through this program have helped solidify Kaitlin’s desire to become a physician.   She will be attending The Ohio State University, entering the field of neuroscience, a study that will help fulfill her passion of helping and healing those who are ill.

Meghana Muvva

meghana muuva-THS scholarshipMeghana Muvva was a member of Foreign Language, Gavelier, Speech and Debate, and Environmental Clubs as well as Orchestra and more, including the study of Indian Classical dance and music. Having learned from her parents that an act of kindness goes a long way, Meghana eagerly volunteered with her THS Tennis Team at Twins Days. Here she made friends with students and teachers who helped in her college decision process and encouraged her to explore opportunities in the medical field she wished to pursue. With years of involvement in various service projects including the Cleveland Clinic Junior Ambassador’s program and work at the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Meghana’s desire to help others has been exemplified. She will be entering the pre-med program at Miami University. Her field of study will have a continued impact on the community as she hopes to improve the overall health of its citizens.

2016 TWINS DAYS FESTIVAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Austin James Jacobs and Alissa Nicole Jacobs

Jacobs_TwinsDays ScholarshipsAustin and Alissa Jacobs are 2016 graduates from Otsego High School in Tontogany, Ohio. Both are very active in their school and are dedicated members of their community. Their twinship has led to many amazing experiences at the Twins Days Festival including participation in the ‘Double Take Parade’ at age four, where they received a “Judge’s Choice” award for their family entry. From their youth to the present, they enjoy returning each year to the Festival to reunite with old friends, while meeting new ones.

Austin Jacobs: “We are different in that we are obviously male and female, have different talents, varying academic and athletic abilities. However, we are similar in so many more ways – we share the same work ethic, constant support of one another, drive to serve our communities and (have) high goals for our futures. My sister is my number one cheerleader…” Austin’s interests include Boy Scouts of America earning the prestigious Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow honoring advanced community service. He enjoys wrestling, reading, and performs as percussionist in a variety of school bands as well as is a member of the Swing and Men’s Choir. Austin is Vice President of the Otsego Book and Media Club. He will be attending Bowling Green State University to pursue a major in Criminal Justice thus allowing him to continue his service to the state of Ohio. He plans to continue his commitment to Scouting and participate with the BGSU Marching Falcon Band.

Alissa Jacobs: “We are unique in that my brother and I are twins, our mother is a twin and so is our grandmother! Being a twin is one of the most amazing things about who I am! The unique bond I share with my brother, Austin, is one that I cannot imagine my life without! He is my best friend and confident.” Alissa has a wide range of interests including community service, saxophone and piano performance, and is a member of a variety of school bands. She serves as Student Council President and is a Mentoring Program Link Crew Leader and thus assists incoming freshman. Alissa is President of Otsego’s Chapter of the National Honor Society. She will be attending Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, as an Honors-admitted Nursing Student with a Saxophone Performance minor. She eventually hopes to further her studies to become a Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Anesthetist and further serve her community.

Twinsburg Historical Society Open House

The Twinsburg Historical Society is hosting a special Open House on Friday August 7, from 12:00 to 4:00 at the museum, located at 8996 Darrow Road (next to Mr. Chicken and the Mail Pouch Barn).

it is open to all, but we are hoping to see lots of twins too. Come and hear all of the great stories about the Wilcox twins who started it all!

2015 Twins Volleyball Tournament

Registration will be open on Friday, August 7th at 3:00 pm at the Welcome Wiener Roast. Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. Once we have all teams filled, registration will close.

All participants MUST be registered for the Festival and be 14 years of age or older.

There will be a total of 8 teams of 6. You can register as a complete team of 6, or as a set of twins or multiples. Sets of twins or multiples will be matched with others to complete a team.

Tournament will be played on Sunday, August 9th and begin at 12:00 pm. Games will be played on a sand court at the Festival site.

Each team will play one game to 15 points. Winners of those games will be paired in a Final Four game. Winners of the Final Four will play in a Championship Game.

Winning team will receive a small award and bragging rights!

2015 Royal Court announced

We are happy to announce the 2015 Twins Days Festival Royal Court!

KINGS:  Robert & Richard Murphy / Owensboro, KY

KINGS:  Robert & Richard Murphy / Owensboro, KY

QUEENS:  Betsy Diersing Geul & Susan Diersing / Twinsburg, OH

QUEENS:  Betsy Diersing Geul & Susan Diersing / Twinsburg, OH

PRINCE and PRINCESS:  Helena & Hunter Norman /  Hudson, OH

PRINCE and PRINCESS:  Helena & Hunter Norman /  Hudson, OH

PRINCE and PRINCESS:  Alexander & Emily Kave / Manasquan, NJ

PRINCE and PRINCESS:  Alexander & Emily Kave / Manasquan, NJ

GRAND MARSHALLS:  Violet Donaldson McCunn / Twinsburg, OH & Emma Donaldson Wozniak / Berlin, NJ

GRAND MARSHALLS:  Violet Donaldson McCunn / Twinsburg, OH & Emma Donaldson Wozniak / Berlin, NJ

Past Festival/Program Themes

Here is a list of themes used in previous Twins Days Festivals.  Feel free to use these as inspiration for your “Times 2 Remember” theme outfits in 2015!

  • 2015 40th Festival Celebration/Time Machine: “Times 2 Remember”
  • 2014 Late 60’s, Early 70s Era: “Twinstock”
  • 2013 Fairytales & Fables: “Twice Upon a Time”
  • 2012 Super Heroes: “Twin Power!”
  • 2011 Circus
  • 2010 Western: “Twin Roundup”
  • 2009 Fifties: “Twins Days Rocks!”
  • 2008 Sports: “Twins Days All-Stars”
  • 2007 Mexican: “Twin Fiesta”
  • 2006 Movies: “Take2”
  • 2005 30th Festival Celebration
  • 2004 Tropical
  • 2003 No formal theme
  • 2002 Patriotic
  • 2001 “Double Fun!”
  • 2000 25th Festival Celebration: “Reflections”
  • 1999 “Two-of-a-Kind”
  • 1998 “Two-gether in Twinsburg”
  • 1997 “Double Vision in Twinsburg”
  • 1996 Noah’s Ark: “And they came by ones, twos, threes, fours…”
  • 1995 20th Festival Celebration
  • 1994 International Year of the Family
  • 1993 No formal theme
  • 1992 Twinsburg’s 175th Anniversary
  • 1991 No formal theme
  • 1990 No formal theme
  • 1989 No formal theme
  • 1988 No formal theme
  • 1987 No formal theme
  • 1986 No formal theme
  • 1985 10th Festival Celebration
  • 1984 No formal theme
  • 1983 No formal theme
  • 1982 No formal theme
  • 1981 No formal theme
  • 1980 No formal theme
  • 1979 No formal theme
  • 1978 No formal theme
  • 1977 No formal theme
  • 1976 No formal theme

2015 Twins Days Theme

Come celebrate Twins Days’ 40th!

2015 marks a major milestone for the Twins Days Festival and its twin family…its 40th festival!

Our 40th celebration will include many exciting events! This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th. Friday, August 7th, events are for registered multiples and their families ONLY. NO MEDIA.

We will celebrate our 40th with a very appropriate time machine theme: “Twins Days: Times 2 Remember!” With this theme we will be looking back over the past 40 festivals, and looking forward to the future and many more. How can you participate in this theme? You can dress according to your favorite past Twins Days theme (list to be communicated in a later post), or wear a costume or outfit from a previous festival, or maybe one “from the future”. Think H.G. Wells, time travel…past, present and future!

[update: here’s a link to a list of prior Twins Days Festival Themes]

2014 Festival has closed

Another Twins Days Festival has come to a close.  It was another great year! The unofficial number of registered sets of twins and multiples was 1887 sets — bit short of last year’s total, but the threatening weather most likely kept many away.  Still, what an accomplishment.

There were easily a couple hundred sets of twins that attended, but didn’t register. Unfortunately, we don’t include those in our count. For those of you that attended, we hope you had a great time and will join us again in 2015, when Twins Days celebrates its 40th festival! Thank you to all that support us!