Jul 28, 2017
The Twins Day Festival of Twinsburg, Ohio
About 4,000 twins attend, fraternal, identical, and multiple. Some come alone, their twin being detained or lost. They are of all ages from infant to octogenarian, of all races, genders, sizes, and shapes, from the United States and about a dozen other countries.
Twins in the outside world tend to dress differently and pursue different activities to emphasize their uniqueness, but here they revel in their similarity, dressing and acting alike, banding together with other twins to form dazzling mirror images.
The festival features live music groups, food, crafts, rides, and exhibits, plus many twin-specific events, like a 5-k run, a twin parade, and the crowning of the imperial court.
Non-twins are welcome, but bear in mind that it's a place for twins to catch up with old friends and enjoy a safe haven from the scrutiny of curious outsiders, not for twin fetishists to cruise.
But some of the twins are quite hot, and a surprising number are gay or bi. Even the straight ones seem perfectly happy to talk to strangers (all photographs copyright Charles Robinson, except #12, copyright John Robinson).
1.-2. Mike and Matt Gragnani, real estate agents from Berwin, Illinois.
3. Long haired bodybuilders in purple muscle shirts.
4. Ben and Jared from Louisiana.
Between 1990 and 2005 in vitro fertilization and the use of fertility-enhancing drugs has increased the number of twins born, from 22 to 32 per 1,000 births. Not that anyone is complaining.
More after the break
8. There's room in the middle.
9. The kings of the 2014 festival.
11. Are they identical or fraternal, or just a twin with a buddy?