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When is the festival?
Twins Days occurs on the FIRST FULL WEEKEND in August (that is, the first Fri-Sun weekend where all three days are in August).
The 2013 Twins Days Festival will take place on 8/2, 8/3, and 8/4, 2013!
Who’s welcome? Am I too young/old? Can my friend/mom/spouse come too?
You and/or your kids are never too young or old to enjoy this event. The attendees every year run the range of ages from newborns to octogenarians. Recently, the youngest twins in attendance were 11 days old! Obviously, at that age, the festival is more for the parents to meet other parents of multiples than it is for the kids… but there are quite a few kids who have been coming since they were born – and now that they’re 8-12 years old (or older!) the festival has turned into an event they can look forward to every year. Also, it’s perfectly okay to bring friends and family. (Somebody has to take all those pictures of you and your twin with all the other twins!)
What about non-identical twins? My brother/sister and I look nothing alike!
Why yes! There are TONS of twins who are not identical at this festival.. It may not show from all of the photographic evidence – people tend more often to take pictures of all of the “doubles” – but there are a lot of non-identical sets every year, and they are equally welcome. What’s really fun is when the brother/sister sets show up in identical clothing anyways. Sure, it’s silly. But it’s a great lot of fun (and it helps everyone else keep track of “who’s whose” twin)! In short, if you’re a kid from a multiple birth, then you are welcome!
Do we have to dress alike to attend?
No no no no no…… This is something many twins struggle with when considering coming. In the “real world”, there’s nothing quite like that feeling of STANDING OUT in a crowd by looking exactly like (to untrained eyes) one another. Some can deal with that, and it can be kinda fun. Some twins simply HATE IT. But enhancing that feeling of standing out by dressing alike as well may feel like it’s simply too much.
Imagine the surprising feeling, then, when you arrive at the festival and you stand out, for a change, by dressing differently rather than alike. If you discuss this with many of the twins while you are there, you’ll learn that it is “part of the festival” to dress up. Heck, there are even boy/girl twins who dress alike, just to show their common bond to any doubters who might say “hey, you’re not a twin!”. Many sets don’t normally dress alike. Some, though, enjoy dressing alike whenever they go out together. More power to ‘em, I say. Wish I had that kinda confidence to stand out in public.
In short – no, you don’t have to dress alike. But it sure can be fun to do this with over 5,000 other people at the same time!
I see everyone talking with each other, and I feel like I’m crashing someone else’s party!
It’s a common worry for twins who are attending for their first time — it seems like everyone has always known each other, and some feel like they’re “intruding”. While it’s true that many deep bonds of friendship have been formed over the years at the festival, everyone came to Twins Days for their first time once! The way to deal with it is to simply walk up to people and say “hi!” Regular festival-goers enjoy meeting new people as well as catching up with old friends. When you return for your second festival and are greeted by all the people who remember you from your first year, you’ll see how easy it is to become a part of the huge “Twins Days family”.
I’m a twin but my twin can’t come. Would I be welcome if I came on my own?
That’s a good question, and I have a great answer for you: YES! Every year there are a number of twins who come alone, whether by choice or because of circumstances out of their control. Rest assured, if you have lost your twin there is NO BETTER place for people to understand who you are and what you’re going through. It’s got to be a little bittersweet to come to a festival like this, but on the other hand you will be surrounded by people who can understand you like very few others could. On a lighter note, sometimes twins get held up by petty inconveniences like getting married or giving birth to children… if you can tear yourself away from your sibling’s moment of joy, c’mon down! In short, you don’t HAVE to have your twin by your side (in a physical sense) to be welcome. Also: if you’ve recently lost your twin, you’re still a twin! There’s no place else where you’ll find so many people who “get it”. Come on out, we’ll welcome you.
Do I have to register?
No; if you wish, you can just pay admission at the gate and attend without registering. BUT, it’s fun to belong to the event, and it helps to support the festival. For a nominal charge, you get a couple of souvenir programs, the opportunity to participate in the parade, the Twins Talent Show or the contests. You also have a chance to take part in the research projects, and have the opportunity to order a group photo. The things that are made available to registered attendees mean that it might be cheaper for you to register than not to register.. Also, as a registered attendee, you get counted! If you just show up, nobody knows exactly how many twins were at the festival — and the count of twins helps inspire the sponsors, which in turn helps to finance the whole festival.
For years, we’ve been flirting with breaking the “3,000 sets barrier”. Please register when you attend and help us hit that magic number!
What do I get for my $15.00 registration fee?
There are a number of things which you get for your fee. Let’s look at them one by one:
- Admission to the grounds is $4.00 per person, per day.
- Programs are $2.00 apiece.
- The actual cost of processing registrations is about $4.00 per twin.
So, for two twins attending for one day, the “value” of the registration fee is $12 – each. Multiply that by two, and you’re up to $24. Even if you ignore the cost of processing registrations, the cost for two twins to attend and each get a program is more than your registration cost.
Other expenses encountered in putting on the festival are the tents and portable toilets. The cost of these two items is over $20,000, which is paid for from the monies collected.
There are many hidden costs associated with putting on a festival of this size. These include such things as the electricity bill for the weekend, the porta-potties, tents, and additional security, which patrols the grounds 24 hours a day during the weekend. There is also the temporary stage for the Twins contests, which is added to the permanent staging. Finally, there are the tables and the chairs which are used throughout the festival grounds — to say nothing of the cleanup!
In addition to the items and services explained above, the TDFC provides the following services for your comfort and convenience:
- FREE Entertainment during the entire festival (including the fireworks on Saturday night)
- FREE Wiener Roast and Entertainment for the early-arriving twins
With that in mind, paying only $15.00 for the set is a great bargain – so it’s in your best interests to register if you’re planning on coming! (registering in advance is even better; on-site registration is $20)
What do you do when you’re there?
There’s entertainment, arts & crafts booths, games/rides for the kids, a beer tent for the adults, a food court — but most people get the biggest kick simply from seeing and meeting all of the twins! Bring comfortable clothing; you’ll do a lot of walking, and the weather is usually pretty darned hot that time of year. For a look at an average year for your friendly twin webmasters, go here for a simple narrative of 1997′s goings-on.
Where can I park?
Preferred parking is available at Twinsburg High School and Dodge Intermediate School (quite close to the festival grounds), at a cost of $3 per day for cars, and $5 per day for motor homes and buses.
Are the festival grounds accessible?
The grounds are generally accessible, although some of the terrain can be a little hilly. A limited number of Handicap parking spots are available quite close to the grounds. Contact the TDFC if you have special parking needs.
Can I bring my pet to the festival? He’s like a member of the family!
Sorry, but pets are not allowed on the festival grounds. The only exceptions are service animals that are specifically trained to assist the physically challenged. Twinsburg is much too hot in August for you to leave your pets in your car. To prevent any problems, please do not bring your pets.
I hear that there’s a Scholarship available. How do I apply?
The Twins Days Festival makes a small scholarship ($1000 at the time of this writing) available to help qualified twins with upcoming college expenses. One pair of twins is selected each year to be awarded this scholarship. To qualify, you must:
- be a high school senior
- have REGISTERED and ATTENDED three (3) of the last five (5) festivals, not including the current year’s.
The application form is not yet available online; interested applicants can request a form by contacting the Twins Days Festival Committee.
How do you pick the Kings / Queens / Princes / Princesses for the festival?
Each year, a pair of Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses are selected for the festival. They ride in a special vehicle near the front of the parade, and sit at the review stand at the end of the parade. All royalty get sashes. Kings get crowns, Queens and princesses get tiaras, princes get scepters. Throughout the weekend, they will act as representatives of the festival to everyone they meet (and with the royal accoutrements, they’ll meet a lot of people!)
There will be a form in your registration packet for you to fill out if you’d like to be considered for the Royal Court (this form is also available on the registration page). To be selected, you must:
- be pre-registered by the deadline, and
- have pre-registered for five of the previous six years of the festival.
- be able to attend kick-off and awards luncheon, held on Thursday of the festival week.
- submit an essay (300 words maximum) on “The Uniqueness of Being A Twin”, and why you would like to be a member of the Twins Days Festival Court.
- submit a photo and biography with the application. If selected, these will be published in the souvenir program.
- Kings/Queens must be at least 18 years old on the date of the festival.
- Princes/Princesses must be at least 10 years old on the date of the festival.
The Twins Days Festival Committee makes the selection. There is no bias given to identicals; many fraternal sets have been chosen as royalty.
What does all of this LOOK like, anyways?
There is a page of photo links on this site. The links at the top of the page go to pictures taken by John & Charles Robinson, who first attending the Twins Days Festival in 1991. As these are personal albums, they won’t represent 100% of the people at the festival — but they should give you a good idea. (Please don’t take offense if you don’t see enough fraternals or babies or older people, etc. in these albums — if we tried to get everyone, we’d never get to eat or sleep!)
Okay, I’d like to check this out. What do I do?
Check out the travel information page on the website; it contains helpful travel information. Also, please register – it helps us know who’s there, and gives an attendance count for the media and our sponsors.
It’s never too soon to make plans – many twins make their hotel reservations for the next year before they’ve even left the festival grounds! You can get a lot of good information on this from The “registration information page” on this web site. If you have a question that’s not answered here, you can contact the Twins Days Festival Committee.
This is swell. How can I contact you?
If you’re looking for registration materials or want to exhibit at the festival, you need to contact the Twins Days office (remember also that all of the registration forms are also available online). You can download forms at the registration info page. This page also has the phone number and address for the Twins Days Festival Committee if you prefer to phone or send “snail mail”.
I have more questions that aren’t answered here. Help?
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