Frequently Asked Questions

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When is the festival?

Twins Days occurs on the FIRST FULL WEEKEND in August (the first Fri-Sun weekend where all three days are in August).

The 2018 Twins Days Festival will take place on August 3, 4 and 5.

Is the Twins Days Festival only for twins?

The Twins Days Festival is open to the public. Twins are encouraged to register (either on line prior to the event or at the festival) to be able to participate in the twins related activities and to be included in the official count.

What about non-identical twins?

There are many non-identical twins who attend the Twins Days Festival. There are also triplets and quadruplets – all multiple birth siblings are welcome!

Is this festival only for children?

The attendees every year range in ages from newborns to octogenarians. There are many kids who have been coming to the festival for many years, and it has turned into an event they look forward to attending.

Can my friend/mom/spouse come too?

Friends and family are encouraged to attend. The festival is a great opportunity for parents to meet other parents of multiples.

Do we have to dress alike to attend?

Many twins feel that dressing alike is part of the fun of the festival, including boy/girl twins, to show their common bond. It is not a requirement to attending, and many sets of twins and multiples do not dress alike.

I see everyone talking with each other, and I feel awkward not knowing anyone!

It’s a common worry for twins who are attending for their first time — it seems like everyone has always known each other and some feel like they’re “intruding”. While it’s true that many deep bonds of friendship have been formed over the years at the festival, everyone came to Twins Days for their first time once! Simply walk up to people and say “hi!” Regular festival-goers enjoy meeting new people as well as catching up with old friends. When you return for your second festival and are greeted by all the people who remember you from your first year, you’ll see how easy it is to become a part of the huge “Twins Days family”.

I’m a twin but my twin can’t come. Would I be welcome if I came on my own?

Every year there are a number of twins who come alone, whether by choice or because of circumstances out of their control. Rest assured, if you have lost your twin there is NO BETTER place for people to understand who you are and what you’re going through. It’s got to be a little bittersweet to come to a festival like this, but on the other hand you will be surrounded by people who can understand you like very few others could. Also: if you’ve recently lost your twin, you’re still a twin! There’s no place else where you’ll find so many people who will understand.

Do I have to register?

No; if you wish, you can just pay admission at the gate and attend without registering. For a nominal registration fee, you receive 2 souvenir programs, the opportunity to participate in the parade, the Twins Talent Show or the contests. You also have a chance to take part in the research projects, and have the opportunity to order a group photo. Also, as a registered attendee, you get counted! Without registrations, the committee does not know how many twins were at the festival.

What do I get for my $15.00 registration fee?

One of the most asked questions by twins that have never registered before is, “What do we get for the registration fee?” Below is an explanation of what the $15 pre-registration and $20 registration fee includes (per twin):

  • $3.00 – Souvenir program
  • $8.00 – Registration (this covers a portion of the cost of printing, computer time, envelopes, telephone,
    labeling /mailing, postage and operations)
  • $8.00 – Admission ($4 per person per day)

The total cost for ONE TWIN is $19; multiply this by 2 and the total cost per set of twins is $36.

Registered twins are receiving more than a 50% discount from our cost! A registered set of twins is also entitled to participate in the Twins’ Contests, Twins Talent Show, Group Photo, Friday Wiener Roast festivities and Twins Research at no additional charge.

There are many hidden costs associated with putting on a festival of this size. These include things such as the electric bill for the weekend, liability insurance, additional security (which patrols the grounds 24 hours a day all weekend), temporary staging for the Twins’ Contests, tables and chairs that are used throughout the festival grounds. Tents and portable restrooms are another expense encountered. The cost of just these two items is over $25,000 for the weekend.

In addition to the items explained above, Twins Days provides the following for our guests’ enjoyment:

  • Free Entertainment
  • Free Welcome Wiener Roast and children’s field games for early arriving registered twins

All of these items and services are expenses we do not pass onto the twins. We do our best to keep the registration fee low so that Twins Days is affordable for all!

What kind of activities are there during the festival?

There’s entertainment, arts & crafts booths, games/rides for the kids, a beer tent for the adults, a food court — but most people have fun simply from seeing and meeting all of the twins! Bring comfortable clothing; you’ll do a lot of walking, and the weather is usually pretty hot that time of year.

Where can I stay? Do you offer discounts?

The Twins Days Festival Committee works with area hotels to be sponsors of the Twins Days Festival. Twins Days does not make accommodations or travel arrangements, nor do we negotiate any special rates at these hotels. To find a hotel within a 10-15 drive of the festival grounds, you can search for hotels in the following cities: Twinsburg, Streetsboro, Aurora, Macedonia, Beachwood, and Solon.

Where can I park?

Preferred parking is available at Twinsburg High School and Dodge Intermediate School (quite close to the festival grounds), at a cost of $3 per day for cars, and $5 per day for motor homes and buses.

Are the festival grounds accessible?

The grounds are generally accessible, although some of the terrain can be a little hilly. A limited number of Handicap parking spots are available quite close to the grounds. Contact the TDFC if you have special parking needs.

Can I bring my pet to the festival?

Pets are not allowed on the festival grounds. The only exceptions are service animals that are specifically trained to assist the physically challenged. Twinsburg is much too hot in August for you to leave your pets in your car. To prevent any problems, please do not bring your pets.

What is the Royal Court?

Each year, a pair of Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses are selected for the festival. They ride in a special vehicle near the front of the parade, and sit at the review stand at the end of the parade. All Royal Court members get sashes. Kings get crowns, Queens and princesses get tiaras, princes get scepters.
Throughout the weekend, they will act as representatives of the festival to everyone they meet, and be available for photo sessions and media interviews.
There is an application form in the registration packet if you’d like to be considered for the Royal Court (Register Here). To be selected, you must:

  • Be pre-registered by the deadline
  • Have been pre-registered for five of the previous six years of the festival
  • Submit an essay (300 words maximum) on “The Uniqueness of Being a Twin”, and why you would like to be a member of the Twins Days Festival Court.
  • Submit a photo and biography with the application. If selected, these will be published in the souvenir program.
  • Kings/Queens must be at least 18 years old on the date of the festival.
  • Princes/Princesses must be at least 10 years old on the date of the festival.

The Twins Days Festival Committee makes the selection for Royal Court. There is no bias given to identical twins; many fraternal sets have been chosen as member of the Royal Court.

How do I apply for the Twins Days Scholarships?

Each year, the Twins Days Festival awards a $1000 scholarship to help qualified twins with upcoming college expenses. One pair of twins is selected each year to be awarded this scholarship. To qualify, you must:

  1. Be a high school senior
  2. Have registered and attended three of the last five festivals, not including the current years.

The application form can be downloaded here.

I have more questions that aren’t answered here. Where can I get more information?

Please contact the Twins Days Festival Committee at 330-425-7280, or by sending an email to info@twinsdays.org.