Discount Homecoming carnival tickets available

All-day wristbands $14 when purchased online through July 31; $20 during festival Aug. 1-3

DEARBORN – Festival-goers attending the city’s Homecoming festival can save money when purchasing all-day wristbands through July 31 for the carnival at Ford Field Park Aug. 1 to 3.

Online advanced sales of all-day wristbands are $14, which includes a $1 service fee for each wristband purchased. That equals $6 in savings compared to the $20 price for the all-day wristband during festival hours.

Wade Shows Inc. also offers advanced sales of a three-day Mega Pass for $41, which includes a $1 service fee.

The passes and wristbands are available at www.cityofdearborn.org until 11:55 p.m. July 31.

Online purchasers print a receipt, and take that, along with their identification, to the carnival ticket booth at the festival to exchange it for an all-day wristband or the Mega Pass. Purchasers do not have to specify online which day they will be using the all-day wristband.

Visitors to Homecoming can enjoy two dozen carnival rides.

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

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 the Mega Pass.

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

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. 1 is Larry Lee and the Back in the Day Band. The nine-piece ensemble plays a mixture of funk, jazz, classic rock, and Motown hits.

On Saturday, Kellie Pickler headlines the festival from 8:30 to 10 p.m., sponsored by the Ford Motor Co. Fund. The country music artist is best known for hit songs like “Red High Heels” and “I Wonder,” as well as her appearance on the fifth season of “American Idol” and her 2013 win on the 16th season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Wrapping up Homecoming entertainment on Sunday are Kaleido from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and The Infatuations, a
group that plays a Motor City style of pop, rock, soul and funk, from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

For information, call 313-943-2285 or go to www.cityofdearborn.org.

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