| Brothers Fred and Hugo Svenleen of Sweden enjoy an ice creamduringthe Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio.|
The city of Twinsburg, Ohio, saw double as twins from aroundtheworld converged for the annual Twins Days Festival on August5.
More than 3,500 twins, triplets and quadruplets come fromallacross the United States and as far away as Australia, EnglandandJapan to meet others in the same genetic boat and -- for atleast afew days -- feel like part of the crowd.
All the twins, you just relate to them so well, saidStuartDaniel of one set of twins. They understand you. Theyrejust likeus.
Stuart and his brother, Phillip, toured the festival intheuniforms they wear at their jobs as surf life-guards --bcenteryellow jerseys, red swim trunks, sandals, and red-and-yellowswimcaps.
The 39-year old brothers said they live and work together, andhadeven come close to marrying another set of twin women.TheAustralians were on their way to take part in one ofseveralresearch studies being conducted at the festival.
Twins such as Jeanette Meadows and her sister GenevaPetittattended the event, giving them a chance to mingle withothers whowere born into the same situation, the Cleveland PlainDealerreported.
Its just the fellowship with other twins, said Meadows. Tobearound other people who understand what it means to be atwin.
Festival organizers expected nearly 3,000 sets of twins --andmore than 40,000 people overall -- to attend the 31st event.
Dr. Kevin Cooper, chairman of dermatology at Case WesternReserveUniversity, was there for the seventh year in a row to studytheonset of diseases as they pertain to twins.
Every time we come, we learn something, Cooper said. Itsquitea resource.
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