Discounted tickets for Homecoming carnival on sale online

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn
Carnival-goers enjoy rides at Dearborn’s Homecoming festival, which this year is Aug. 2 to 4 at Ford Field Park. Discount all-day wristbands are available online for $13 plus $1 service fee through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 1 at

All-day wristbands $14 when purchased online through Aug. 1; $20 during festival Aug. 2-4

DEARBORN – Festival-goers can save money when purchasing all-day wristbands in advance for the carnival at the 2013 Homecoming festival at Ford Field Park Aug. 2 to 4.

Online advanced sales of all-day wristbands are $13, plus a $1 service fee for each wristband purchased, for a total of $14. That’s $6 in savings over the $20 price for the all-day wristband during festival hours.

New this year, Wade Shows Inc. offers advanced sales of a three-day Mega Pass for $40, plus a $1 service fee for each purchased.

To take advantage of these significant advanced sale savings, purchase the all-day pass or the three-day Megapass at through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 1.

Online purchasers print a receipt, and take that, along with their identification, to the carnival ticket booth onsite at the festival to exchange it for an all-day wristband or Megapass.

Purchasers do not have to specify online which day they will be using the all-day wristband.

Visitors to Homecoming can enjoy 27 carnival rides.

The carnival is open 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. all three days.

All-day wristbands purchased onsite Aug. 2 to 4 are $20. Half-day wristbands can be purchased at the festival for $15 and cover ridership from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Companion “Big Pardner” tickets, meant for adults to accompany children on certain rides, are $10. Other prices apply.

There are no refunds on any carnival tickets, wristbands or Megapass.

Homecoming is organized by of the city of Dearborn and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund. Oakwood Healthcare Inc. is the presenting sponsor.

About 15 Dearborn-based nonprofit groups use the festival as their major fundraiser of the year, returning those dollars to the community through activities and scholarships.

The festival is known for its fireworks on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday fireworks are sponsored by Kenwal Steel Corp., with support from the Dearborn Community Fund.

Main stage entertainment from 8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 2 is acclaimed Detroit country band Annabelle Road.

On Aug. 3, Blues Traveler headlines the festival from 8:30-10 p.m., sponsored by the Ford Motor Co. Fund. The New Jersey group is best known for their top 40 hits “Run Around” and “Hook.”

Wrapping up Homecoming entertainment on Aug. 4 is Papa Doo Run Run, America’s Music, California’s Band.

For information, call 313-943-2285 or go to