The Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio is the largest annual gathering of twins (& other multiples) in the world! 2015 marked a major milestone for the Twins Days Festival and its twin family…its 40th festival!
They celebrated their 40th with a very appropriate time machine theme: Twins Days: Times 2 Remember!” With this theme they looked back over the past 40 festivals, and looked forward to the future and many more. Festival-goers dressed according to their favorite past Twins Day theme, wore costumes or outfits from previous festivals, or created costumes from the future”!
The Twins Days Festival is open to all multiples — identical, fraternal, young and old, twins, triplets, quads — and their families.
About 2,000 sets of twins, triplets and quadruplets headed to Twinsburg, Ohio. The festivities include a talent contest, competitions for the most and least alike, and the “Double Take” parade.
We made the early morning drive up just in time to catch the parade, which was by the far the best part of the event. Not knowing what to expect the first group came by and we thought, wow that wasn’t much. But then after a small gap with some fire trucks and custom cars, the next group came along, literally hundreds of them.
There were old twins, young twins, all sorts of twins. The best part was everyone was dressed in matching outfits (to each other, not everyone else), we saw Princess Leia, waitresses, flight attendants, an entire Dr Who crowd, Flintstones, Judy Jetson and of course the Doublemint Gum girls.
Afterwards we went to downtown Akron to another festival, the Hamburger Festival. Unfortunately, it was just a handful of food booths and a few other vendors, but in honor of the earlier festival of the day I did have a … double hamburger. After a brief stop at the coolest retro store in Ohio, the Bomb Shelter, we headed for home through Amish Country.
Taking the really scenic route home we ended up in the small town of Centerburg, which is the geographical center of Ohio. More specifically the lobby of the Subway Restaurant in Centerburg is the center of Ohio. Naturally we had to stop for a bite to eat, and be at the heart of it all.