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Mary Ellen Mark
USA 1st Prize Stories



The Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio is an annual gathering of several thousand sets of twins, in a small town just south of Cleveland. Each year, on the first weekend in August, twins from all over the world gather to socialize and enjoy entertainment including parades, concerts, contests and talent shows. This page, left: Don and Dave Wolf, 44 years old, Dave older by six minutes. Right: Roy and Amanda Tesmer and Rhianna and Troy Tesmer; Amanda and Rhianna, 24 years old, Rhianna older by five minutes; Roy and Troy, 29 years old, Troy older by one minute. Facing page: Caylee and, Mylee Simmermon,10 years old, Mylee older by two minutes. (Story continues)





(continued) The first Twins Days Festival was held in 1976, with an attendance of just 37 sets of twins. In 1980, the governor of Ohio designated the first weekend in August as Twins Day throughout the state. Facing page: Bruce and Brian Kuzak, 40 years old, Brian older by eight minutes, with their nurses Teresa and Tillie Merriweather, 20 years old, Tillie older by one minute. This page, left: Shane and Shawn Riggins, 29 years old, Shane older by three minutes. Right: Heather and Kelsey Dietrick, 7 years old, Kelsey older by 66 minutes.