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TWINSBURG -- The festival that celebrates the "Largest Annual Gathering of Twins in the World," according to the Guinness Book of World Records, will help its namesake community celebrate its 200th birthday at this year's festival, set for Aug. 5 and 6.
To celebrate twins' heritage, as well as the community's big birthday, the theme of this year's festival is "TwinCentennial," honoring twin's country of origin, state or city pride, or their family heritage. The event is at Glenn Chamberlin Park, 10270 Ravenna Road in Twinsburg 44087. Admission is $4.
In recognition of the founding of Twinsburg in 1817 by identical twins Aaron and Moses Wilcox, Twinsburg, Twinsburg Township and Reminderville will celebrate the Bicentennial with numerous community activities throughout the year.
Located 25 miles southeast of Cleveland, Twinsburg plays host to thousands of twins from all over the world -- approximately 2,000 sets of multiples in more recent festivals. Non-twins are also welcome.
Traditionally, Saturday morning kicks off with the Double Take Parade down Ravenna Road, from Township Square to the festival grounds. Activities include twins contests, twins talent show, a twins research area, twins group photo, entertainment, arts and crafts and twin related/sponsored booths, small amusement rides and games and a spectacular fireworks show. Also available are food concessions and official souvenirs Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday morning's activities include the Twins Days 5K Run and Fun Walk benefiting the Melanoma Education Initiative. During the day activities will be the same as Saturday's with the exception of the parade and fireworks.
Twins are encouraged to register at the festival to participate in the twins-related activities and to be included in the official count. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Twins Days web site at www.twinsdays.org. The twins can also register at the festival site.