New activities for Homecoming 2013 include Art in Action, Green Alternatives Expo, food trucks, return of Living History Hill

DEARBORN – It may be 34 years old, but there is always something new at Dearborn’s Homecoming festival, which this year is Aug. 2 through 4 at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill.

This year, the festival will host the family-friendly Art in Action at the top of the hill from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4.

This shady area will feature demonstrating artists, a mobile glass blowing road show from Furnace Design Studios, sculptor Keith Coleman from Weldarts, a Children’s Activity Tent presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts, a ceramics area operated by Henry Ford Community College and an interactive exhibit with artist Dan Cascardo.

It will complement the return of the Living History Hill, which was on hiatus in 2012. The popular feature returns rom 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 2, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 4.

It will offer festival-goers a peek into a frontier kitchen, period campsites with re-enactors, antique firearms demonstrations, craftspeople and more.

New this year is an expanded Green Alternatives Expo area, which will be south of the main bridge.

From 3 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4, environmentally friendly businesses and organizations active in the Dearborn area will exhibit their products, offer information and conduct demonstrations.

Also new to Homecoming will be Mobile Food Kitchens, commonly known as food trucks. They will be donating a portion of their proceeds to nonprofit organizations in Dearborn, while offering festival-goers new menu options, including gourmet selections.

The food trucks will operate from 2 to 11 p.m. Aug. 2 through 4, enhancing the traditional food booths run by nonprofit organizations, which are open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day.

The Polish Tent and Italian Shelter also are returning with their offerings of ethnic food.

With all that tempting food to chose from, it is a good thing that Homecoming this year will feature two new free fitness opportunities — Adult Cardio Tennis from 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 and 4 on the tennis courts, and Zumba Fitness from 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 on Stage B.

Homecoming is known for its outstanding entertainment. This year doesn’t disappoint. The headline act is Blues Traveler at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3 on the Main Stage.

The five-man jam band played at Woodstock ’94, opened for the Rolling Stones and is best known for its top 40 hits “Run Around” and “Hook.”

Main stage entertainment the evening of Aug. 2 is acclaimed Detroit country band Annabelle Road, and wrapping up Homecoming Aug. 4 is the legendary California band Papa Doo Run Run.

The festival once again boasts a carnival, free family activities, classic car cruise and show on Aug. 2, wacky contests, entertainment on three stages, strolling performers and high school reunion picnics.

As always, spectacular fireworks light the night sky on Aug. 3 and 4.

Homecoming is organized by the city of Dearborn and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund.

Oakwood Healthcare Inc. is the presenting sponsor for the fourth year in a row.