Rick Springfield, drive-in movie top entertainment for 2009 Homecoming

DEARBORN – Homecoming will celebrate its 30th year on August 7, 8 and 9 in 2009, made possible in part by presenting sponsor Detroit Medical Center.
Pop singer Rick Springfield, best known for the song “Jessie’s Girl” from his early career and as a star on the daytime drama “General Hospital,” is the headline act on Saturday night.
He will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday on the Main Stage.
Springfield brings high-energy and enthusiastic audience contact to every show and Homecoming will be a rare chance for his devoted fans to see him for free, said event organizers.
Fireworks displays will take place Saturday and Sunday nights. They are sponsored by BP/Armada Oil and Gas on Saturday and by B&K Collision on Sunday.
People can put their blankets on the hill after 8 a.m. on Saturday and after 8 a.m. on Sunday. All blankets must be removed by midnight both nights.
The size of a blanket is limited to no more than 8 feet by 8 feet to accommodate as many families as possible.
The Cruisin’ Dearborn car cruise organized by the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce will begin at the 19th District Court at 7 p.m. Friday and travel down Michigan Avenue to Outer Drive to Cherry Hill and into Ford Field Park. The classic car show will last until about 10 p.m.
Accompanying the car show this year is a drive-in movie, with the screen set up near the cars at the bottom of the hill.
Three Stooges shorts and the movie American Graffiti will be shown. It will begin at 9:15 p.m. and is sponsored by Mayor John O’Reilly Jr.
Local band Fifty Amp Fuse will be the final act on Sunday night, playing at 8:30 p.m.
On Friday, Larry Lee and the Back in the Day will be on the Main Stage from 7 to 9 p.m. The Detroit band, led by former NFL player and executive Larry Lee, can play funk, blues, jazz, classic rock, gospel, and some contemporary tunes.
The Dearborn Community Arts Council’s Craft Show will take place on 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Back again is the Living History Hill with historical re-enactors, musical entertainment, crafts, antique firearms, a high tea and more.
The Turbo Turtle Race returns for its second year at 4 p.m. to raise money for the Kiwanis Club of Outer Drive’s children’s projects.
Back in this year is the Nickelodeon channel’s live stage show on Sunday afternoon.
Service clubs and charitable organizations will be serving food, beverages and beer from Labatt Blue.
New to Homecoming this year is a “Guitar Hero” tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Registration is at noon both days with a $5 fee and the tournament begins at 1 p.m.
A pancake breakfast by the First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn will be held 9 a.m. to noon Sunday inside the Polish Tent on the east side of the carnival.
The carnival takes place from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m Friday through Sunday. All day wristbands are $15, with $10 advanced sales online.
Advanced sales of all-day wrist bands are $10 from July 6 through midnight at August 6 at www.wadeshowsinc.com.
Go to www.cityofdearborn.org for the complete schedule.