Twins Days Festivals is held on the first full weekend in August in Twinsburg, Ohio, half hour away from Cleveland. The unique city was named after its twin founders, and since 1976 it has hosted the annual gathering of twins and multiples. In addition to being the largest such gathering in the world, Twins Days has become a celebration of sibling bonds and all things family.
Ohio's annual gathering of twins in Twinsburg features about 2,000 pairs of twins every year. The festival starts with a Double-take Parade along Ravenna Road when twins from around the world march through the downtown. The parade is broadcast on national TV. The event attracts twins from all sorts of places like Brazil, Australia, Ghana, Nigeria, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Italy, England, Belgium, Germany, India, Japan, and China. Identical twins are usually dressed identically. Some twins, especially little ones, wear costumes.
Twins Days was inspired by Moses and Aaron Wilcox who lived in Ohio in the 19th century. In 1819 they founded Twinsburg. The festival was initiated in the 1970s by a group of locals, based on a concept by Dennis Casamatta and included Ray Diersing who has twin daughters. Every year the festival has a different theme like “Home For The Holidays,” “Two-Player Mode,” “Twinsfinity and Beyond!” – Outer Space, “Times 2 Remember,” and “Twinstock” – Late 60’s, Early 70s Era. Many scientists are attracted to the festival, seeing an opportunity to conduct voluntary twin studies.
Daily entertainment program features various contests, talent show, photo breaks, volleyball tournament, and fireworks on a Saturday night.