Sponsors make Homecoming possible

Additional sponsorship opportunities still available

DEARBORN – Homecoming is made possible because of businesses, organizations and individuals that fund a significant amount of the cost of the festival. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available by calling the DCF at 313-943-5478.

In 2013, for the fourth year in a row, Oakwood Healthcare Inc. is the presenting sponsor of the Homecoming festival.

Oakwood also is responsible for the on-site First Aid Station and the popular Cooling Tent where festival visitors of all ages can enjoy a gentle spray of refreshing mist. Go to www.oakwood.org to learn about Oakwood.

“Oakwood is a great community partner and it is showing its support of Dearborn once again by returning as the presenting sponsor,” Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. said. “Oakwood and Homecoming are both Dearborn institutions, so this ongoing partnership is a perfect match.”

Homecoming is known for its fireworks on Saturday and Sunday. Kenwal Steel, with support from the Dearborn Community Fund, is the sponsor of the Saturday night show.

Other major sponsors include the Ford Motor Co. Fund, sponsor of Homecoming’s main event on Saturday, a free concert by crowd favorite Blues Traveler. West Side Beer Distributing is the returning beer sponsor.

Gold sponsors are LaFontaine Automotive Group and Severstal North America, sponsors of Stage B, and Midwest Health Plan, sponsor of the Food Court Stage.

Also returning gold sponsors are Henry Ford Health Medical Centers Fairlane and Ford Road with the support of SMART, sponsors of the free festival shuttles from Dearborn High School.

Silver sponsors are: ASG Renaissance, designer of the Homecoming brochure; Hansons, sponsor of the free inflatable rides; and Nickel and Saph, Inc.

Bronze sponsors are: Dearborn Federal Savings Bank, DTE Energy, Post Bar, Steven J. Guibord/Double Olive and University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Friends of Homecoming are: Century 21 Curran and Christie; Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive; Dearborn Sausage Company; Fairlane Town Center; Fordson Varsity Club; Jan Overhead Door; Jane Ahern; Miller Canfield; Pipefitters, Steamfitters, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Service Local Union 636; Said Deep/Deepsaidwhat.com; state Rep. George Darany; and Village Community Credit Union.

Headline entertainment is Blues Traveler on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. 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 on Friday night is acclaimed Detroit country band Annabelle Road, and wrapping up Homecoming on Sunday night is the legendary California band Papa Doo Run Run.

The festival boasts a carnival, free or low-cost family activities, classic car cruise and show, entertainment on three stages, Art in Action area, Living History Hill, Polish and Italian tents, reunion picnics, and a tempting variety of food and beverages sold at traditional booths and at gourmet food trucks. Proceeds from sales in the Food Court support nearly 20 nonprofit groups raising money for Dearborn community causes.

Ford Field Park is at 22051 Cherry Hill, at Brady.

More information, including a link to purchase discounted carnival ride passes before 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 1, is available at www.cityofdearborn.org, or call 313-943-2285 with questions.