Local twins participate in festival

August 13, 2013

Three-year-old Clinton twins Jaydyn D. Draughon and Jaudyn S. Draughon recently attended the 38th Annual Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio and placed first in the Most Alike Males contest, ages 3-4.

The event, held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4 in the only city in the world named after twins, hosted 1,999 sets of multiples, including twins, triplets and quads from around the world. This year’s event was the largest known annual gathering of twins and other mutiples in the world, as documented in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Twins Day Festival features 64 different contests.

Last year (2012) Jaydyn and Jaudyn competed in the Most Alike Males, ages 1-2, and placed second.

The festival also included a kickoff “Double Take” parade, games, a food court, children’s rides and games, arts and crafts, business booths, live entertainment, food, a twins talent show and a giant fireworks display. Planning has already begun for next year’s festival, scheduled Aug. 2-3, 2014.

Twinsburg is located between Akron and Cleveland on Ravenna Road, and was named in honor of Aaron and Moses Wilcox, early settlers from Killingsworth, Conn. The town’s name was changed from Millsville to Twinsburg in 1817 at the request of the twins, who donated six acres of land that is now the town square. They also donated $20 to start the first school. The Wilcox twins were so identical that only their closest friends could tell them apart. They married sisters, held property in common, were stricken with the same ailment and died the same day. They are buried in the same grave in Twinsburg’s Locust Grove Cemetery.

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