TWINSBURG — The city’s annual Twins Days Festival will be highlighted on national television on CNN later this month, as a part of an investigative docuseries.
Journalist Lisa Ling's special on the annual festival, which is the largest annual gathering of twins in the world, will air Oct. 27. Her show, This is Life with Lisa Ling, is an eight-part series that follows Ling as she travels across America and visits "communities that are often unknown or misunderstood," said Jackie Hernandez, public relations with CNN.
"This episode will celebrate the unique dynamics and special bond only identical twins share," Hernandez said.
Ling said in a phone interview that this was her first time visiting this part of Ohio. She called the Twins Days Festival "mindblowing and amazing."
"It was the most incredible visual stimulation I'd ever experienced," Ling said. "The town just embraces this festival."
The best aspect of the festival was seeing the bond between twins, Ling said.
"Most people find identical twins fascinating," Ling said. "How two people can be such mirror images of each other. I spent the entire weekend with my jaw on the ground. It was amazing to see so many multiples in a single area. It was also cool to witness the bond between them. I'm very close to my my own sister, who is three years younger."
The Double Take Parade "was the most fun," Ling said.
"The twins just went all out," Ling said. "It was a really cool spectacle. I'd encourage people to go."
Ling said that she often did more hard-hitting stories, but that "this one was more fun."
"I hope to go back sometime," Ling said. "It was one of those experiences. It was a weekend I felt happy."
This year's theme at Twins Days was Home for the Holidays. The annual event, which brings thousands of sets of twins and multiples each year, includes a 5K race, a volleyball tournament, the Double Take Parade, contests and more. According to an economic impact study on the 2018 event conducted by Kent State College of Business Administration Associate Professor of Economics Shawn Rohlin, Ph.D., the annual Twins Days Festival, which has an estimated attendance of between 20,000 and 30,000, provides a substantive positive economic impact to the City of Twinsburg and surrounding areas.
Next year's Twins Days Festival will take place Aug. 7 through 9. For information on the event, visit https://twinsdays.org online.
Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, email@example.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC