Ever hear of Twinsburg?

Blair Gowrie By Blair Gowrie, 23rd Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The town of Twinsburg was founded by twins, and it celebrates twins every year.

To see double visit the Twin Days Festival!

Twinsburg? Yes, it’s a real place and located in the state of Ohio, USA.

But why is it called Twinsburg? Well, it didn’t start out with that name, its first name was Millsville. But when two early settlers of the early 1800s, identical twin brothers, Moses and Aaron Wilcox, offered six acres of land for a public square, and $20 towards the cost of a public school – on condition that the town was re-named Twinsburg – their offer was accepted.

But all that was in the past. In the present Twinsburg has become famous for its annual Twin Days Festival. In August each year twins, and triplets and quadruplets too, come from countries all over the world to take part in a giant twin get-together, where a non-twin will see double which ever way he turns his head. The first festival was held in 1976 with only 36 sets of twins attending, but since then it has grown in size so that for the coming year more than 2,500 sets of twins are expected, including six sets of triplets. It has become the largest gathering of its kind in the world and many twins bring their families with them, and return year after year to renew acquaintance with the friends they had made in previous visits.

During the three days of the festival twins can play in a golf tournament, listen to live entertainment, take part in the twins parade, or twins talent show, or join many of the other activities.

There are two kinds of twin, identical and fraternal. Identical twins occur when an egg is fertilized and splits into two developing zygotes, and fraternal twins are the result of two eggs being fertilized by different sperm. So this festival is also of great interest to people and institutes that specialize in twin research, and many of them set up booths and interview twins in order to get further data on such things as taste preferences, depth perception, facial aging, hair loss, levels of altruism and selfishness, and so on. Because identical twins are genetically the same, they are the ones that are studied the most.

So there you are, Twinsburg, a town founded by twins, and which has the noble purpose of bringing twins together. Twins and non-twins alike are welcome at the Twin Days Festival, so if you are free at the beginning of August, why not drop in and see double.


Fraternal Twins, Identical Twins, Multiple Births, Twin Days Festival, Twins, Twinsburg

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author avatar ittech
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Very good sharing. I like it.

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author avatar Socrates
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Interesting stuff.Thank you.:)

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author avatar Val Mills
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

That is a wonderful story. Are there many twins currently living in the town?

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author avatar Denise O
24th Feb 2012 (#)

What a very interesting read. Now I know. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Robb714
24th Feb 2012 (#)

I am just so glad that I am not a twin, the world could not handle two of me, to be honest.

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