Twinsburg -- More than 2,000 sets of multiples, and perhaps a few Jedi masters and a Buzz Lightyear or two, will descend upon Twinsburg for the 41st annual Twins Days Festival Aug. 5-7.
This year's theme, "Twinfinity and Beyond!", was inspired by the December 2015 release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," said Twins Days committee member Sandy Miller.
Attendees are encouraged to wear theme-based costumes, so expect to see aliens, robots and other intergalactic creations walking or riding in the Double Take Parade, which steps off from Twinsburg Township Square at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 6.
Representing Twinsburg on the Royal Court will be princesses Rachel and Emily Adams, 16, who are juniors at Twinsburg High School.
Saturday will conclude with fireworks at dusk.
A full list of Friday and Saturday events can be seen at http://goo.gl/vmy455.
The festival is the largest annual gathering of twins, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Twinsburg Mayor Ted Yates said the festival is an exciting time for the community.
"We have visitors from across the world who come to our small town," he said. "It's great for our local businesses. The parade is the most attended parade in the area. We always look forward to hosting this event and also the economic benefit it brings to businesses here in town."
Miller said 2,053 sets of multiples have pre-registered for the weekend festival. Twins and other multiples can also register in person Aug. 5 to join in the contests and other events just for them.
There's going to be some serious competition this year for "twins who traveled the farthest from outside the U.S." Registrations have been received from Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, Nigeria, Italy, London, Canada and Korea.
And Twins Days isn't just for multiples and their families.
Admission for "singletons" and non-registered multiples is $4 per person. Children 5 and younger are free. Preferred parking is $3 for cars and $5 for motor homes and buses and available closer to the festival site at Glenn Chamberlin Park, 10260 Ravenna Road.
Miller expects up to 25,000 people to visit the three-day festival.
There will be food vendors, live entertainment, and a few surprises Miller wasn't able to share by press time.
During the festival, twins can visit the Research Plaza to participate in the research projects of nine universities and for-profit research centers.
Miller, who has been attending or involved with Twins Days since its inception 41 years ago, said it is more than a place for multiples to gather. It's also a family reunion.
"Many of them consider Twinsburg their home away from home," Miller said. "We saw them when they were in strollers, and now they're pushing strollers."