TWINSBURG — An egg hunt for children and a Twinless Twins Remembrance Lantern Launch are two new features at the world’s largest annual gathering for twins and other multiples.
Area residents will see double Aug. 2 through 4 for the 44th annual Twins Days Festival, which has activities throughout Twinsburg through all three days. A highlight this year will be a 12-foot Twins Days tree in the center of the midway, to reflect this year’s theme "Home for the Holidays."
"Twins attending have been encouraged to make an ornament that represents them and their twins, and hang it on the tree upon their arrival to the festival," said Mary DaRif, who handles media for Twins Days.
One new feature is an egg hunt for the younger attendees at Twins Days, on Aug. 4 at noon. This is open to all children ages 5 through 10, and those participating can win candy and prizes, DaRif said.
Twins who have lost their twin sibling can launch a lantern in remembrance on Aug. 3 in the evening, before the fireworks, DaRif said. The fireworks start at about 9:45 p.m. at dusk.
Besides the fireworks, those attending also will see festival favorites such as the Double Take Parade and the variety of contests for twins and multiples, DaRif said.
The Double Take Parade
The Double Take parade starts at 9 a.m., and runs from town square to Glen Chamberlin Park.
Parade floats and walking twins like up for the parade starting at 8 a.m. According to information from the Twins Days website, all registered twins are welcome to participate.
• The Twins Days Golf Outing, open to the general public, is Aug. 2, starting at 9 a.m., at Gleneagles Golf Course. Cost is $210 per two-person team, or $105 per player, with proceeds going this year to the Humane Society of Summit County. The event includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, a hot dog lunch and free drinks at the turn, a catered dinner in the Gleneagles Golf & Banquet Club. Prizes and trophies will be awarded.
• The Twins Days Twins Volleyball Tournament is Aug. 4 at the Twins Days Festival site at Glen Chamberlin Park, on the sand volleyball court. The tournament starts at noon and is expected to last three to four hours. Registration for the tournament must be done in person at the Welcome Wiener Roast on Aug. 2, and is for twins and multiples only. Participants must be at least 14 years old and must be registered for the festival. Cost is $5 per person. Tournament registration will be on a first- come, first served basis. Participants will receive a T-shirt to wear during the competition.
• The Twins Days 5K run/walk will take place Aug. 4 at Dodge Intermediate School, which is across the street from the festival site. Proceeds for this event will be donated to Empower Sports, a nonprofit organization committed to providing sports and exercise programs for children and adults with various physical and cognitive disabilities.
There will also be a kids’ "fun run" of just under a quarter of a mile on the track. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers overall as well as the top three finishers in each age group. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., near the entrance to the Center Valley Park trail, on the eastern edge of the Dodge Intermediate School parking lot. T-Shirts will be provided for the first 500 entrants. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Walkers and strollers are also welcome. The fun run starts at about 9:30 a.m. Preregistration is $25 for an individual and $35 for a twin team; day of race registration is $35 for an individual and $45 for a twin team.
The research plaza is on the festival grounds, near the tennis courts. Many researchers have booths at the festival to help with their projects. Research activities may include filling out a survey, having a picture taken or providing a DNA sample. Most researchers will offer a modest compensation, according to information on the Twins Days website, including gift bags, a product or financial stipend.
There are three scholarships offered through Twins Days.
• The Twins Days Andrew R. Miller Memorial Scholarship is a non-renewable award of $1,500 which is presented each year to an individual that meets the requirements. Eligible are twins or multiples that have been registered and have attended three of the last five festivals, not counting this year, and are registered for this year’s festival.
Also eligible are parents of twins or multiples who have attended three of the last five festivals, not counting this year, and are registered for this year’s festival. Those applying must be residents of Twinsburg or Twinsburg Township. The scholarship is open to those entering their second, third or fourth year of a two-year or four-year college, technical school or trade school, or those entering their first year of post-secondary education after a hiatus from graduating high school.
• The Twins Days Twins Scholarship is $1,000 awarded to a pair of twins each year. Those applying have attended three of the last five festivals, not counting this year, and are registered for this year’s festival. They also must be high school seniors accepted at an accredited university in the fall. Twins must be citizens of the United States or its territories.
• In addition, there are two Twins Days Twinsburg High School Scholarships, which grants two eligible high school students $500 each. The scholarships will be presented at the kick-off festivities on the Friday evening prior to the Twins Days Festival. Applicants must be a Twinsburg High School senior accepted at an accredited post-secondary institution in the fall. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States or its territories.
The deadline for 2019 has passed for the scholarships; visit twinsdays.org for details on deadlines and an application.
For details, visit the Twins Days website, or contact the Twins Days Festival Committee at 330-425-7280, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, email@example.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC