Visitors to the Annual Twins Festival Agree: You Can Never Have Two Much of a Good Thing
updated 09/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/05/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Not all twins choose to be that close, but every year hundreds who do converge on Twinsburg for a weekend of reveling in their un-uniqueness. This year the participants came from 28 states and included twins married to twins, twins who would like to marry twins (for the younger set, the festival became a sort of "doubles" weekend), and twins with other twins for parents, siblings or children (the tendency to produce twins runs in families). The festival actually did fulfill a serious purpose. According to Donald Keith, of the Chicago-based Center for Study of Multiple Birth: "It's really helpful for twins to meet others who share their special concerns and feelings."
Mostly, though, the twins shared fun and games. There were talent contests (lots of duets) and competitions for honors like Twins with Most Freckles. For two days (what else?) Twinsburg looked like any other Middle American town in the throes of an endless Doublemint gum commercial. For this one weekend not being a twin was unusual. As one confirmed non-twin—labeled a "singleton" by nearly everyone he met—observed, "I really began to feel like half of me was missing."