TwinFest 2020 — POSTPONED

We regret to inform you that after careful consideration, the Washington State Twin Registry (WSTR) has decided that TwinFest 2020 will be postponed until 2021. Scheduled for August 8, 2020, this event aimed to gather hundreds of twin pairs from the greater Puget Sound area to learn about twin research, hear a presentation from NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, and meet other twins.

On March 31, 2020, the health officer for the Snohomish County Health District issued a moratorium on gatherings with no end date. Washington State is currently in phase 1 of a gradual reopening. Given the governor’s timeline for movement into the next phase, the soonest that large gatherings would be allowed again is mid-July (phase 4), and that would only be if the benchmarks for reopening have been met. We have no way of knowing what will happen in the next 3 months, but the health and safety of our attendees, staff, and volunteers far outweighs the risks of hosting this event.

We understand that this news is disappointing to those who have already registered. However, we want this event to be a great experience for all who attend, without any limitations on physical distancing. The WSTR is working with the venue and Scott Kelly’s representative to secure a date for 2021. Furthermore, we are working on a date that does not interfere with the annual Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. Once we have a confirmed date, we will be sure to let you know.

For those who have already registered, your registration fees will be fully refunded. Those who were registered for the meet and greet with Scott Kelly will have first priority for registration when it opens up again in 2021.

For any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Ally Avery at ally.avery@wsu.edu.