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2013 Theme!

Fables & Fairy Tales: “TWICE Upon a time…”

We are excited about this year’s theme, and all the creative possibilities it presents! This theme encompasses several different ideas that were mentioned by those that shared some ideas. Think dragons, knights, princes and princesses, wizards, kings & queens, ogres, castles…the ideas are endless! There are many more “fables and fairy tales” than the more common ones that you are familiar with, and from so many different countries. So get you started here is a link to a very long list of fables and fairy tales…

Thank you to all who shared their ideas. We had such a great response that we already have several ideas to consider for 2014!

Announcing the Twins Days 2012 Royal Court!

2012 King & Queen: Matthew & Rachel Zronek

2012 King & Queen:
Matthew & Rachel Zronek

For Twinsburg Twins Rachel and Matthew Zronek, attending every Twins Days in all their 24 years substantiates their love of the festival, the friendships made, and their own unique bond. It’s true: they may not share the same physical characteristics as other twins, but they celebrate just the same, by participating in events such as the parade, twin contests, research studies, guest appearances, and the talent show. For the last nine years, they have helped on various festival committees and Matt produced promotional films for the festival. These two have been awarded many medals, including the coveted gold for being the ‘Most Alike Male/Female’ in their youth; and then they snatched gold again, but in the ‘Least Alike’ contest as adults!

Rachel and Matthew are both honor graduates from Kent State University’s School of Communication. This past May, Rachel received her Masters in Health Education and Promotions and is a Marketing Activities Coordinator at University Hospitals. Matt, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, is a QTV Production Assistant at the Quicken Loans Arena working with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Gladiators and the Lake Erie Monsters, and is a freelance promo editor and videographer for PBS.

Matt is my hero because he will go out of his way to help anyone even if it doesn’t benefit him. He is the most dedicated hardworking person I know. Call him a superhero or a genuinely great guy; he has one of the biggest hearts I know.” – Rachel
Rachel is my hero because when we’re hanging out with her friends, she has the ‘power’ to make me feel like I fit in. She’s compassionate and wise beyond her years.” – Matt

And the Zronek twins on ‘Superheroes’……..

During a past festival, Rachel and Matt were guest speakers on Radio Disney. Ironically, Rachel was asked if she possessed ‘Super Powers’. Her answer was simple. “Don’t all twins?”
It’s true. There is a ‘superhero’ in all multiples – and in the families and friends that love and support them. This weekend is a celebration of everyone’s own special talents and unique bonds – those special gifts – those ‘Super Powers’!

2012 King & Queen:Michael and Megan Hill

2012 King & Queen:
Michael and Megan Hill

If you look at Michael and Megan Hill-from Wickliffe and Eastlake, Ohio respectively- you would not think of them as twins. But that is what makes their twinship even more unique than most. They are indeed twins, not just siblings, and they share a special inseparable bond. This bond was exemplified several years ago when Megan was at an out-of-town softball tournament on their birthday. For years, these two wanted to experience their own birthday celebration and at long last, Megan’s absence presented the opportunity. As the hours of the day passed, each longed for the other and both realized what a terrible mistake they had made. From that moment on, they appreciated their unique bond and their eternal connection to one another. Megan is a full-time student at Notre Dame College working toward a degree in Accounting. She works at Wickliffe Lanes where she and her twin brother are avid bowlers. Mike works for Luxury Lawns Landscaping and has plans to return to school to finish his degree in Graphic Design. These two have attended 23 Twins Days Festivals and have won many awards in the ‘Least Alike Male/Female’ contests. Both have volunteered time during the Twins Days Festival over the years, and this year they are excited to take on a new ‘royal’ role!”
Megan is my superhero because she is always there for me. She is not just my sister, she is my best friend – and I can always count on her.” – Michael
Michael is my hero because I know that no matter the distance, he will be there for me when I am in need.” – Megan

2012 Princesses:Ashley and Amanda Truesdale

2012 Princesses:
Ashley and Amanda Truesdale

Ashley and Amanda Truesdale, 16-year-old identical twins from Delphos, Ohio, are very unique because they are so much alike in their looks but so different in their personalities. But this doesn’t stop their friendship and love for each other, nor their joint activities. In the fall, you can find the girls under the Friday Night Lights cheering on the Jefferson High School Varsity Wildcats and performing in the halftime show with the marching band. In the winter months, they are under the basket every Friday and Saturday night once again cheering the Wildcats on to victory! Ashley and Amanda also dance and twirl. Outside of school, the girls are found scooping ice cream at the Dairy Hut or serving other concessions at Lima Land Speedway. At their very first Twins Days Festival when they were just 11 months old, they were awarded the gold in the “Cutest Twins” contest. This year they are celebrating their 13th Twins Days Festival. The girls pride themselves every year in getting their pictures taken with all the twins on the royal court telling their parents, “We have to find them all!” This year the search will be easy for we are proud to have Ashley and Amanda represent Twins Days as our Princesses!
Why Amanda is ‘my superhero’: “Because she is always there when I need her. “ – Ashley
Why Ashley is ‘my superhero’: “Because she is always there for me and she knows how to make me feel better.” – Amanda


2012 Princes:
Zachary and Ryan Malm

Identical twins Zachary and Ryan Malm have been attending the Twins Days Festival since they were 7 months old thus making 2012 their 15th year. In June, they graduated middle school, both earning the Presidential Academic Fitness Award and the Merit Award. They both ran cross country in the fall and also participated in spring track. They qualified for finals and were also both voted “Unsung Heroes” by their teammates and coach. The boys are very excited to start high school this fall and enjoy spending time together playing video games, going to the library, and walking around downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, their hometown. They also love roller coasters and thrill rides, and they never turn down an opportunity for new experiences. What an exciting experience this festival will be for our Princes…and they’ll even ride on a coaster car in the Double Take Parade!
Why Zack is ‘my superhero’: “Zack is my best friend and he is also a great artist and all- around good guy” – Ryan
Why Ryan is ‘my superhero’: “My brother Ryan is the funniest person I know—and also I think he is pretty cool.” – Zack


2012 Grand Marshals:
Thomas & Jessica Purnell

Thomas and Jessica Purnell were born 18 years ago, and only 30 seconds apart. They have lived in Twinsburg for nearly fifteen years and have attended every Twins Days festival with their older twin brothers, Matthew and Daniel. They graduated from Twinsburg High School in May, where they were actively involved in the Great Expectations Show Choir. They will both be attending college this fall. Jessica will major in biology and study pre-medicine at The Ohio State University. Thomas will study computer science and technology at The University of Akron. Although their academic plans differ, they share many interests, such as cooking, reading, running, singing, dancing, and playing Xbox. They are looking forward to their first year experience in college and to attending future Twins Days!
Tommy is my super hero because he stands up for me; he supports me; and most importantly, he believes in me.” ~ Jess
Jess is my super hero because she helped me find my way to success. Her support inspires me to excel at everything I do.” ~ Tommy

2012 Theme

Every year, the Twins Days Festival Committee chooses a theme for the festival. The souvenir program and T-shirts are based on this theme, and festival participants are encouraged (but not required) to wear theme-based costumes.

The theme for the Twins Days Festival 2012 is: Super Heroes: “Twin Power!” Time to start working on your costume ideas!

2011 Festival Demographics

After verifying the registrations, there was an official count of 1,736 sets of registered multiples at the 2011 festival!  As in the past, a breakdown of the sets of multiples by age group and “twin-type” (i.e. male, female, identical, etc.) is provided below:

0-5: 417
6-10: 296
11-15: 276
16-20: 190
21-30: 150
31:-40: 107
41-50: 121
51-60: 113
61-70: 47
71 & older: 19

Male – Identical: 254
Female – Identical: 418
Male – Fraternal: 341
Female – Fraternal: 523
Male/Female – Fraternal: 194

Triplets: 6
Quadruplets: 0
Quintuplets: 0

Announcing the Twins Days 2011 Royal Court!

2011 Kings:Donald & Ronald Hayes

2011 Kings:
Donald & Ronald Hayes

Donald and Ronald Hayes are 57 year old identical “mirror” twins who have attended Twins Days for the past 10 years. They may look identical on the outside, but on the inside they are totally different, having varying tastes in clothing styles and personalities. Donald lives in Texas, with his wife and three children. He is presiding Bishop of the G.I.F.T. Ministries and is Head Chaplain of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Ronald lives in Maryland with his wife and daughter and is serving as an Associate Elder in the Carter Memorial COGIC Church.
Very close as children, they were not separated until age 18, when they joined the military together and were then stationed in different locations. This was a crucial time in their lives as they endeavored to live life without being in the presence of each other. When one was injured in the service, unbeknownst to the other, both felt the pain. Through this experience, they realized that though there is joy in being a twin, there can also be sorrow. For our Kings, they consider their unique bond a special blessing and they feel gifted in their love for each other.

2011 Queens:Jamie Maassen & Jodie Qualkinbush

2011 Queens:
Jamie Maassen & Jodie Qualkinbush

Jamie Maasen and Jodie Qualkinbush are identical twins born two minutes apart on September 10, 1981. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, they moved to Ohio as toddlers and went on to graduate from North Ridgeville High School in 2000. Together they attended Kent State University to pursue bachelor degrees and in December 2004, Jamie graduated with a Bachelor in Education – Intervention Specialist; continuing her education, she received her master’s degree in Educational Administration. Jodie graduated in May 2005, with a Bachelor in Education – Educational Interpreter; and will complete her Master’s in December of this year as an Intervention Specialist.
Jamie is currently working for Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities as their home base instructor and Jodie is currently working as a sign language interpreter.
Since they were very young they had encouraged their parents to send in their Twins Days application early enough to be considered for the Royal Court; and then into adulthood, the ladies took over that timely tradition. Now attending their 17th Twins Days Festival, Jamie and Jodie are thrilled to serve as the 2011 Queens.

2011 Princes:Mike & Dan French

2011 Princes:
Mike & Dan French

Mike and Dan French were born on March 29, 2000 and Mike is the oldest by 10 minutes. They live with mom, dad, and older brother Matt in Aurora, Ohio. They have been coming to Twins Days since they were 5 months old. Mike and Dan have just completed the 5th grade in Leighton Elementary.
Our princes are very involved in sports spending most of their time on ball fields. They are also on a year round travel soccer team. In the summer, they are on a travel baseball team, play golf and in their spare time the love to fish. During the winter, they are on a basketball team.
When not a field of play, Mike enjoys playing guitar and Dan the drums. They also like to volunteer at many different events during the year like Relay for Life and Twins Days. A home they have a dog, fish, a lizard and three snakes as pets.
They are very excited to be on the Twins Days Royal Court!

2011 Princesses:Kelsey & Jessica Anderson

2011 Princesses:
Kelsey & Jessica Anderson

Our Princesses, Kelsey and Jessica Anderson of Elyria, Ohio, have attended 18 festivals though they are only 17. They began their Twins Days journey at the age of only 10 months and it has been such a joy to return each year. Together they have many fond memories of the festival including marching in the parade, participating in the talent show, competing in “Most Alike” contests, and posing for Mary Ellen Mark’s book and DVD titled Twins.
Born nearly three months early, these lovely ladies are Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome Survivors and are incredibly thankful for their health.
Approaching their senior high school year, Kelsey has an interest in service and ministry to others; while Jessica enjoys playing the piano, composing music and encouraging others. They would like to use these talents in a future vocation.
The girls would like to thank Twins Days for its rich traditions and for all the special friends they have met there over the years. There will always be a special place in their hearts for these gifts.

2011 Grand Marshals:Noah, Brian, Halle & Brooke Bartolovich

2011 Grand Marshals:
Noah, Brian, Halle & Brooke Bartolovich

Yes, life is a TWO ring circus for many of our twin families here today…but for our Grand Marshals, it’s two TIMES a two ring circus. Because this year our Grand Marshals are two sets of twins from one Twinsburg family…let’s welcome the Bartolovich twins times two!
Brooke and Halle are 12 years old and will be entering the 7th grade at RB Chamberlain Middle School in the fall. Both girls have been playing AC Travel Soccer since they were nine years old. Brooke also takes dance lessons at Michelle’s Dancing Connection and will be in RBC Singers next year. Halle enjoys baking and cooking. Both girls are active in the YMCA Princesses with their father.
Brian and Noah are celebrating their 11th birthday today. Brian is playing in his second year for the AC Travel Soccer Club and Noah studies karate at the Silent Mind in Twinsburg. Both boys play recreational baseball and are in the band at Dodge. They also enjoy skiing with the Dodge Ski Club. They will be going into the 6th grade in the Fall.

2010 Festival Demographics

After verifying the registrations, we had an official count of 1,754 sets of registered multiples at the 2011 festival!  As in the past, a breakdown of the sets of multiples by age group and “twin-type” (i.e. male, female, identical, etc.) is provided below:

0-5: 420
6-10: 301
11-15: 276
16-20: 190
21-30: 150
31:-40: 110
41-50: 121
51-60: 115
61-70: 51
71 & older: 20

Male – Identical: 260
Female – Identical: 420
Male – Fraternal: 350
Female – Fraternal: 523
Male/Female – Fraternal: 195

Triplets: 6
Quadruplets: 0
Quintuplets: 0

2008 Festival Demographics

After verifying the registrations, there was an official count of 2,037 sets of registered multiples at the 2008 festival!  As in the past, a breakdown of the sets of multiples by age group and “twin-type” (i.e. male, female, identical, etc.) is provided below:

0-5: 442
6-10: 351
11-15: 318
16-20: 219
21-30: 182
31:-40: 133
41-50: 147
51-60: 146
61-70: 63
71 & older: 36

Male – Identical: 441
Female – Identical: 591
Male – Fraternal: 304
Female – Fraternal: 415
Male/Female – Fraternal: 271

Triplets: 15
Quadruplets: 0
Quintuplets: 0

2008 Attendance

The Final count for registered sets of twins / other multiples for the 2008 Twins Days Festival was 2,037 sets.  Remember, if you don’t register, you aren’t counted!

2008 Theme

The Twins Days Festival Committee has discussed at length the theme for the 2008 Twins Days Festival and have decided to go with a sports theme:


This will be a general sports theme, not specifically in recognition off the Olympics. Use your creativity in identifying your favorite sport(s) and/or athlete(s).

Have fun!