Saturday, August 4, 2012
This weekend marks the 36th Twins Days festival in my sleepy little burgh of, where else but, Twinsburg! My little town of less then 19,000 people plays host to thousands of multiples from all over the world to celebrate twin-dom! I am not a gracious host, as I make sure to get the heck out of dodge for the weekend!
In 1976, in celebration of the Bi-Centennial, the first festival was held with a whopping 36 sets of twins. Now, wherever you look you see what you just saw! Twins, triplets, quads and quints! If a face looks familiar it's because you just saw it on someone else!
I enjoy seeing the matching babies and octogenarians and every age in between, but seeing double takes its toll! The traffic is horrendous and the noise is terrible. The festival takes place at the high school which is literally around the corner from my house. My street is blocked off on Saturday morning due to the parade through town. And even when it is finally opened, forget making a left turn out of it and going right takes you right into the midst of it.
So, as a benevolent action on my part, I make the sacrifice and remove myself and 1 more car from the traffic jams!
It really is a great weekend for the multiples, their families and the local economy. I hope the tradition carries on for at least another 36 years and beyond. And I hope I continue to have a place to escape to each of those years!!!
Be sure to Google the festival and see the smiling faces and matching outfits...in stereo!!