For those who live in northeast Ohio, it is impossible to ignore the annual Twins Days Festival held over a weekend in August each year in Twinsburg, Ohio. The first festival was in 1976, the same year the first Revco Cleveland Marathon ran from Twinsburg to downtown Cleveland. Originally, a little group of people that were planning the bicentennial celebrations for the year thought up an idea to set aside an annual day for Twins. The first festival drew 37 sets of twins. At the time, no one had any idea what the festival would become in future years.
From those humble beginnings, the Twins Day Festival each year flirts with breaking the 3000 sets of twins number every year. It is a three-day weekend filled with fun, entertainment, fireworks, and even a wienie roast. Additionally, the Cleveland Indians typically offer special Twins Days at the ballpark, and other places around town extend discounts and specials to those attending the festival.
Each year, the attendees pick a royal court: a set of Kings and Queens, and a set of Princes and Princesses. Each set of twins that applies must write an essay and have been registered for five of the last six-year’s festivals. The winners get to ride in the parade with their royal sashes, crowns and tiaras, and act as the festival’s official representatives.
Events set up over the weekend include a golf tournament, corn hole tournaments and raffles. DJs, dancing, and karaoke are typically set up for Friday evening, and a parade for Saturday, along with a talent show, live musical entertainment, and fireworks. On Sunday, there is a pancake breakfast, 5K race/walk, and more entertainment and talent shows.
If you are a twin or other multiple, you really should make a point to visit Ohio in the late summer. It is beautiful that time of the year, and there is a lot to see and do besides the festival. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Indians, and Fourth Street Entertainment District are all things to do in downtown Cleveland. Lake Erie and its islands also beckon with tons of water sports and island hopping leisure activities.
Denise Gabbard lives in northeast Ohio, except in the blustery wintertime when she is often found walking the beach at dawn with her Labrador Retriever, Max, in Clearwater, Florida. Luckily, inexpensive holiday home insurance was easy to find and secure for the family’s place in the sun.