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2014 Twins Days Royal Court

Kings – Matthew and Michael Gragnani

2014 Kings

Matthew and Michael Gragnani

Matthew and Michael are from Chicago, IL. Matthew works for Weigel Broadcasting Co. the largest independent Television Group in the country, while Michael works for Turano Baking Co. the largest family owned artisan baker in North America. When they are not at work, you will probably find them making wine with their dad, sharing a cup of coffee at their neighborhood coffee shop, or enjoying everything that downtown Chicago has to offer.

The brothers have done just about everything in life together, from taking their first steps, to attending the same college and playing NCAA football and rugby together, to purchasing their first building together.

The 25-year-olds will be celebrating their 25th anniversary at Twins Days.  Over the years the two of them, and their family have developed life long friendships that have evolved beyond just the first weekend of August.  Birthdays, holidays, and graduations have always been celebrated with their Twin family from across the country. Neither of them could imagine their lives with out any of these great people involved.

To them, the first full weekend of August has become more than just a weekend trip every year with their family. It has become to a true bonding experience. It’s a pilgrimage that they will continue to make together for many years to come.

Matthew and Michael want to thank all of the life long friends that they have made over the years for their continuous love and support, the first weekend in August isn’t just the largest annual gathering of twins anymore, it’s a family reunion. Most importantly though, the brothers want to thank their parents for taking a trip to a small town in Ohio on a whim 25 years ago. Little did they know it would turn into the single greatest gift their sons could ever receive.

Queens – Connie Lymburner-Millar and Kendra Miller

Connie & Kendra

Connie & Kendra

Connie and Kendra were born in Welland Ontario Canada on September 16th, 1974. They still reside there. Their parents though that only one baby was on the way, but Kendra was hiding, only making herself known four hours before they were born.

Connie and Kendra are both Registered Early Childhood Educators and have touched the lives of hundreds of children over the past 20 years. They have countless stories of children and parents confusing them over the years. Once when Connie was at a conference, a woman came up and stated talking to her about her child. The woman suddenly stopped and took a closer look. She then said, “never mind, you’re the other one. You two really do look alike”, and walked away shaking her head.

Connie has been happily married to Brandon for the past six years, and Kendra is happily single.

They started attending Twins Days way back in 1984 when they were 9 years old. They haven’t missed a festival since.

Princes – Christian & Cowan Miller

Christian & Cowan

Christian & Cowan

Christian and Cowan, identical twins , were born to Shawn and Kim Miller of Berlin, Ohio on July 30, 2004. They have one older brother, Hunter. They attend Berlin Elementary and will be entering the 4th grade this fall. They enjoy playing baseball, basketball, and watching football and professional wrestling. They attended Twins Days every year since they were one year old, and they look forward to the event each year. Out of the nine years they have attended they have place eight times in “Most Alike Males” contest in their age category.

 

 

Princesses – Grace & Sophia Pohorence

Grace and Sophia Pohorence

Grace and Sophia Pohorence

Grace and Sophia are 15 year old identical twins from Huron, Ohio. Although they are identical, surviving Twin to Twin Transfusion makes them appear different to others. Sophia and Grace have been attending the Twins Days Festival since they were born and enjoy taking part in the Double Take parade and talent show. They do almost everything together from 4-H, Girl Scouts, Future Farmers of America and band to theater and art classes. Grace and Sophia have even shared a role in a murder mystery play in their community. They enjoy the outdoors, and several years ago at a survival camp they shared the experience of rock climbing, zip lining, white water rafting and sleeping in platform tents.  Grace and Sophia are proud to be our 2014 Princesses and are honored to represent twins who may appear different, but share a special bond and unique relationship.

2014 Twins Days Double Take Parade Grand Marshals

Gaby and Isy Belsito

Gaby Belsito

Gaby Belsito

Isy Belsito

Isy Belsito

Gaby and Isy were born in January 2002. They are life long residents of Twinsburg! They attend St. Rita Catholic School where they are honor students entering the 7th grade. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and playing tournament softball for the Diamond Dogs!

Gaby and Isy are best friends and always have each other’s back. They like being fraternal twins because they are seen as individuals. One of their favorite things about Twins Days is seeing and meeting multiples from all over the world! They also like collecting the themed t-shirts and enjoying the carnival rides and food!

Gaby & Isy are honored to be the Grand Marshals of the 2014 Twins Days Double Take Parade and can’t wait to throw candy to the parade crowds!

2014 Scholarship Recipients

Ashley & Amanda Truesdale

Amanda Truesdale

Amanda Truesdale

Ashley Truesdale

Ashley Truesdale

Ashley & Amanda are identical twins from Delphos, OH. They were born August 18, 1995 to Mike and Sue. They have two brothers Michael, age 23 and Christopher, age 20. Ashley and Amanda have both cheered football and basketball for Jefferson Wildcats since seventh grade. They both played softball, were members of FCCLA, FCA, and Varsity D Club. Both girls had FCCLA projects quality for state. They were both members of choir and show choir. Ashley and Amanda were members of the Jefferson High School Marching band for five years and both held an office. The girls also were members of the commencement band for four years. Ashley and Amanda were also on the Prom Committee for their Junior year. They both received the Christy award for both football and basketball cheerleading. They also received Scholar Athlete awards.

Ashley was in Musical for three years and Amanda four years. They even played twins their freshman year. Both girls participated in Competition Color Guard receiving several first and second places for Flags and Rifles. They also received second place for baton Twirling. They took dance, tumbling and twirling for five years. They were competition cheerleaders since 8th grade. Ashley and Amanda participated in Canal Days Queen pageant. They are also members of the Senior High Youth Group for Trinity United Methodist Church. Ashley was a captain of the color guard her senior year and she received her four year color guard award. She was also chosen to represent her school at Buckeye Girls State at the end of her junior year. Amanda received the Director’s Award and the “Semper Fidalis” award from the United States Marines. Both awards were for band. Ashley and Amanda will be roommates at Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan, in the fall. They both received a scholarship by audition to be in the Adrian Marching and Concert Band. Both will be in color guard for Marching band. Ashley will play the saxophone/trumpet for concert band and Amanda will play clarinet. The girls were both recruited to cheer football and basketball for the Bulldogs! Ashely will be majoring in Social work. Amanda will be majoring in Athletic Training.

Ashley and Amanda were also a part of the Twins Days Royal Court in 2012 as the Princesses. The girls are celebrated their 15th Festival. They attended their first festival at 11 months old and won the “Cutest Twins” contest. They enjoy coming to the festival and seeing old and making new friends every year.

Twinsburg High School Scholarship

Mary Claire Chester

Mary Claire Chester

Mary Claire Chester

Mary Claire is so proud to be named one of the 2014 Twins Days Scholarship Award winners. She was born and raised here in Twinsburg and is a 2014 graduate of Twinsburg High School, where she was a four year letter winner in swimming, and was also the Student Athletic Trainer. Mary Claire is also a four year member of the award winning “Great Expectation Show Choir”. Currently, she is enrolled at the University of Mount Union and plans to major in Athletic Training, and hoped to become a college or high school athletic trainer after graduation. Mary Claire is employed as a lifeguard here in the city and enjoys travelling with her family and hanging out with her friends.

 

Mary Claire would like to welcome all of you to the 2014 Twins Days Festival and hopes you have a wonderful time! She has volunteered at the Festival for four years at the parade staging, and now plans on participating in the event in the future. She really enjoys being a part of this showcase for the city. “Thank you again for this Scholarship Award and have a great time this weekend!” – Mary Claire 

Twinsburg High School Scholarship

Meghan Ulisse

Meghan Ulisse

Meghan Ulisse

Meghan is the youngest of seven children in her family and has lived in Twinsburg her whole life. During her time at Twinsburg High School Meghan was in the orchestra, volunteered as a water girl for the football team, and was a four year member of the girls swim team. Meghan is a lifeguard for the City of Twinsburg as well. As a senior she took Post-Secondary classes at Kent State University, and this fall I will be attending Ohio University majoring in Actuarial Sciences.

As a life-long resident of Twinsburg Meghan is very honored to receive this scholarship from the Twins Days Festival Committee. Twins Days have always been a part of her summer. Meghan participated in the parade when I was younger with her dance troop, church, and her Girl Scout troupe. When she was in the middle school Meghan started volunteering to help with the Friday night family games with her church group. For the past four years she has volunteered in various other capacities through Twinsburg Athletic Boosters. Whether attending or volunteering at Twins Days, Meghan has always been proud to represent Twinsburg!

2014 Twins Days Theme

Twins from all over the world converge upon Twinsburg and Twins Days, so, the theme for the 2014 Twins Days Festival is…

“Twinstock – Groovy in Twinsburg!”

Twins can dress as anything from that era, not necessarily just in tie dye or as hippies. Think peace signs, TV characters, fashion, cartoons, toys, movies…anything of that late 60’s – early 70’s time period! Please remember to keep your ideas family-friendly, but most of all have fun with it!

Keep an eye on this page for information on the upcoming festival! See you all in August!

2012 Festival Demographics

After verifying the registrations, there was an official count of 2,096 sets of registered multiples at the 2012 festival!  A breakdown of the sets of multiples by age group and “twin-type” is provided below.

AGE:
0-5: 457
6-10: 356
11-15: 382
16-20: 222
21-30: 170
31-40: 142
41-50: 160
51-60: 125
61-70: 59
71 & older: 22

TYPE:
Male – Identical: 362
Female – Identical: 502
Male – Fraternal: 363
Female – Fraternal: 634
Male/Female Fraternal: 235
Triplets: 3
Quadruplets: 1
Quintuplets: 0

2012 attendance and recap

The 2012 festival theme was “Superheroes: Twin Power!“; Twins and all multiples were encouraged (but not required) to dress for the festival accordingly. The festival grounds were filled with capes and masks. There were a lot of great costumes out there.  Visit our pictures page to see some photos from previous festivals.

The unofficial number of registered sets of multiples for the 2012 Twins Days Festival was 2,090! What a great year! We hope everyone had a great time and that you will all come back next year!

Our America with Lisa Ling

Part 2 Pictures Part2 Pictures, an award-winning documentary film and television company located in New York, is currently producing a documentary-style series called Our America with Lisa Ling for the new Oprah Winfrey Network.

They are very excited to attend the Twins Days Festival!

They are seeking twins attending the festival to profile for an episode.

IF YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL AND FIT ANY OF THE CRITERIA BELOW, PLEASE CONTACT THE TWINS DAYS OFFICE:
330-425-3652, or e-mail sandy@twindays.org

  • Have you attended the festival every year for a long time?
  • or, are you attending for the first time?
  • Do you plan to participate in any contests?
  • Are you coming from somewhere very far away?
  • Are you overcoming any particular hardship in order to attend the event?
  • Are you reuniting with a twin at this festival?
  • Are you in a family with many twins?
  • Might you be participating in any of the research by the universities and labs attending?
  • Do you have an interesting, unusual, fascinating story to tell about being a twin?
  • Are you open to being interviewed by Lisa at the festival?

2011 Theme

The Theme for 2011 Twins Days Festival will be a “Circus Theme”. The committee is in the process of finalizing the slogan, as soon as we have it we will post it here.