Budget-friendly family activities in store for Homecoming celebration

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn

Carnival tickets are available online for the best value for Dearborn’s Homecoming festival Friday through Sunday. Ride all day for $11 when tickets are purchased by midnight Thursday. Go to www.wadeshowsinc.com. Other values can be found at the festival, including $15 all-day wristbands. No refunds are given for carnival ride tickets.

Buy carnival tickets online for best value

DEARBORN – Families looking to have a fun without breaking the bank can find plenty to do at the carnival and other Homecoming favorites such as spirited games, wacky contests, live entertainment and fireworks.

A Dearborn tradition for 30 years, the Homecoming celebration will be Friday through Sunday at Ford Field. This year, the presenting sponsor is Oakwood Healthcare.

Wade Shows Inc., again will offer advanced sales of all-day wristbands for carnival rides for $11.

The bands allow ridership of all carnival attractions from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on one day. Bands can be ordered through midnight Thursday at www.wadeshowsinc.com.

They can be used on any one of the three days of the festival.

Those who do not wish to purchase advanced wristbands still can buy them at the carnival for $12 for a half-day band (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and $15 for a full day, as well as individual ride tickets.

An $8 companion wristband is also available for parents and guardians to ride with their children. Restrictions apply.

There is no refund for carnival ride tickets.

Parents will find that there are plenty of events that are free or very inexpensive. They include:

• Free giant inflatable rides for bouncing.

• Free children’s games, including a small prize for kids under 12, from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

• Free wacky contests like the pudding slurp, pie-eating, hula-hoop and kick the shoe, for kids of all ages on both Saturday and Sunday.

• Find strolling musicians and clowns entertain the crowds throughout the festival.

• Grab your poles and try your luck at the Ford Field Pond for the free fishing derby from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, sponsored and organized by the Dearborn Rotary Club.

• Do your child love to shoot hoops? They can take a shot at the basketball skills and fun course from 3-9 p.m. on Friday, and the Youth All-Star Games from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, Basketball Training Camp is offered from 1-3 p.m. for ages 6-9 and again at 3-5 p.m. for ages 10-13. At 5 p.m., the High School Excellence program is offered. Small fees may apply. Organized by Hype Athletics at the Tennis Courts, these basketball events are a ball!

• The entire family is welcome to watch the live entertainment that takes place on several different stages throughout the weekend.

• The University of Michigan tent at the Children’s Activity Field will feature tattoos, U of M sun visors, innovative science fun, and members of the Society of Automotive Engineers student organization will bring their own car to sit in! All activities are free at the tent.

• There is a Guitar Hero contest at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A $5 fee will apply. Registration begins at noon each day.

The festival also will have historical re-enactments, arts and crafts for sale, plenty of live entertainment, and food stations benefitting Dearborn nonprofit community groups.

Go to the city’s official Website, www.cityofdearborn.org, for more information about Homecoming, or call (313) 943-2285.