Free, low-cost family activities at Homecoming

Children have fun on the rides. All-day wrist bands are $20 during the festival.

Wacky games, like balloon blowing, return for competitors of all ages.

Buy carnival tickets online now for best deal

DEARBORN – Families looking to have a great time without breaking the bank can find plenty to do at Homecoming Aug. 2 through 4, including carnival rides, children’s games, wacky contests, inflatable rides and live entertainment all weekend long.

Fireworks displays on Saturday and Sunday evenings cap off these fun filled days. Saturday’s fireworks are sponsored by Kenwal Steel with support from the Dearborn Community Fund.

A tradition for 34 years, Homecoming is an event coordinated by the city of Dearborn and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund. This year’s presenting sponsor is Oakwood Healthcare Inc. The festival is at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill.

Visitors to Homecoming can enjoy 27 carnival rides all three days from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Carnival values have expanded this year. Wade Shows Inc., the carnival operator, is offering a three-day Mega Pass for unlimited rides for $40 plus a $1 service fee if purchased by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 1. Go to to purchase in advance.

Also online again for advanced purchases is the popular all-day wristbands which cost $13, plus a $1 service fee if purchased through 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 1 at

The wristbands allow one day ridership of all carnival attractions and can be used on any one day, Friday through Sunday.

Wristbands also can be purchased on-site during the carnival and cost $15 for a half-day band (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and $20 for a full day (11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.)

A $10 companion wristband is also available for parents and guardians to ride with their children. (Restrictions apply.)

Individual tickets are also available for purchase onsite at Homecoming for $1.25, 20 tickets for $20, and 50 tickets for $42. Rides take from three to five tickets per ride.

There is no refund for carnival ride tickets, wristbands or the Megapass. Consider the weather forecast before buying tickets.

Parents will find that Homecoming is very affordable with plenty of events that are free:
• Free giant inflatable rides for bouncing noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, sponsored by Hansons.

• Free children’s games from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, sponsored by Village Community Credit Union.

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

• New and free is Art in Action from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This “top of the hill” event includes demonstrations, a children’s activity tent and interactive art activity.

• Returning is the popular Living History Hill from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Period campsites and a frontier kitchen will be tended by re-enactors and craftspeople.

• Home Depot provides a free children’s wood workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

• The Dearborn Rotary Club is again offering a free Children’s Fishing Derby from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ford Field Pond.

Back this year is the popular Special All-Stars Dayfrom 9 a.m. to noon Friday. This event is designed for children and adults with special physical, intellectual or emotional needs. Free rides for the Special All-stars will be offered 9 to 11 a.m., with other activities offered from 9 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required by July 31 at

Go to for more information about Homecoming.

Nonprofit groups like the Firefighters Burn Drive and the Dearborn Lions Club raise money for their good causes that benefit Dearborn by providing food and beverages.