From the City of Dearborn: Families looking to have a great time on a budget can find plenty to do at Dearborn Homecoming’s festival Aug. 4-6, including carnival rides, children’s games, wacky contests, art activities, inflatable rides and live entertainment all weekend long.
This year, there are more free children’s activities, as the festival will host Family Friendly Friday from 12-5 p.m. A number of activities previously only offered on Saturday and Sunday will additionally be offered on Friday.
Families will now be able to enjoy Homecoming classics such as Paddling on the Pond, free children’s games, giant inflatables, crafts and more on all three days of the festival, starting on Friday. The schedule for those activities is:
· ACCESS and the Arab American Museum Tent will be offering free craft activities, free vision screenings, and henna for a small fee 12-5 p.m.Friday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
· Free giant inflatables for bouncing noon-5 p.m. Friday, and noon-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
· Free children’s games with small prizes offered by the Recreation and Parks Department from 1-5 p.m. on Friday, and noon-5 p.m. on Saturdayand Sunday.
· “Paddling on the Pond” in canoes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.to 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, $2.50 age 7-12, free age 2 to 6. Maximum 3 persons per canoe.
Other free or low-cost activities are available at Homecoming:
· Free wacky contests like the water balloon toss, corn eating contest, hula hoop contest, spaghetti slurp contest, and the egg toss contest, for kids of all ages on both Saturday and Sunday.
· Returning this year, the Cool Treat Social, sponsored by Yogurtown, will provide guests with a free frozen treat from 7-9 p.m. Friday (or while supplies last) in the Dining Tent.
· Free kids art activity at Dearborn Community Arts Council’s Paint-a-Picture Spot.
· The Dearborn Rotary Club is again offering a free Children’s Fishing Derby at the Ford Field Pond from 8-11 a.m. Saturday.
· On Sunday morning, families can participate in a 1-mile family fun run or 5K starting from the Brady street entrance. The family fun run starts at 7:45 a.m. and registration is $15. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and registration is $35 through race day.
Spectacular fireworks displays on Saturday and Sunday nights cap off these fun-filled days.
For 38 years, Homecoming has been a tradition coordinated by the City of Dearborn and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund. This year’s presenting sponsor is once again Beaumont Health. The festival is at Ford Field Park, 500 Monroe Street.
Admission is free and includes entertainment ranging from nationally-known musical performers to magicians, clowns and stilt walkers.
Visitors to Homecoming can also enjoy two dozen carnival rides all three days from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Wade Shows Inc., the carnival operator, is offering two discount carnival pass options only to those who purchase online by Aug. 3 at 11:55 p.m. at www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming.
The 3-day Mega Pass offers unlimited rides for $44 plus a $1 service fee. The popular all-day wristband costs $15, plus a $1 service fee if purchased online by 11:55 on Aug. 3. The wristbands allow one day of riding for all carnival attractions and can be used on any day, Friday to Sunday.
Wristbands can also be purchased on site during the carnival and cost $15 for a half-day band (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) and $22 for a full day (11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.)
A $10 companion wristband is available for parents to ride with their young children (restrictions apply). Individual tickets can also be purchased at Homecoming.
New to Homecoming last year, Healthy Dearborn will once again offer a free Family Bike Ride. The police-supported ride will start at 10 a.m. Saturday from the tennis courts. The seven-mile ride will wend through northwest Dearborn neighborhoods. A mid-point break with snack and safe biking information will be provided at Levagood Park.
The bike ride is free. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Aug. 5, but waiver forms can be found at www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming and printed and completed in advance. Helmets are required, and all riders age 12 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
For more information about Homecoming, please visit www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming.
Photo courtesy of the City of Novi
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Originally published July 31, 2017.