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'Twins Day' at the Clay Fair a big hit

Tuesday, September 18, 2001

There was standing room only at the Clay County Fair's 4-H Auditorium Saturday for the first ever "Twins Day."

Over 300 people showed up to watch over 50 pairs of twins compete in a wide variety of categories, including oldest twins, youngest, most alike and least alike.

Radio personalities from Hot 100 radio station emceed the contest. Prizes were donated from a variety of the fair's vendors and included gift certificates, T-shirts and several pairs of Minnesota Twins tickets.

"I was very surprised by the turn out," said Kris Meyers, Clay County Fair Administrative Assistant. "By the time the contest started the 4-H Auditorium was just packed."

Pairs of twins came from all over the area and some from as far away as Minnesota and Kansas, said Meyers. Ages for contestants ranged from two-months-old all the way up to 81.

Categories, such as twins most dressed alike, drew as many as 20 pairs of twins onto the auditorium's stage at one time.

Meyers said she was nervous that the contest wouldn't draw that many entrants or spectators, since it was a new event.

"I was chewing my nails just before the contest started," she said. "But as it turned out, everybody had a great time. Actually, since we had such a good turnout, we are planning to make the contest a regular fair feature."

Meyers said she envisions the contest as something which will continue growing in scope each year.