Festival food without the guilt

Whether visitors are hungry to help, hungry to learn or just plain hungry, Dearborn Homecoming will have a number of nonprofit groups raising support for their work in the community through food, beverage and other sales, and raising awareness for their causes through information and activities.

All the food and beverages offered outside of the carnival area benefit nonprofit groups. Organizations also promote their causes with activities in the Community Tent and other areas throughout the festival.

“Homecoming is a great tradition of coming together in Dearborn,” said Steve Worden from the nonprofit Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive. “We love interacting with the community and seeing friendly faces year after year.”

The Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive will return to the festival’s food court offering free corn on the cob and accepting donations that go toward helping provide food, clothing and other needs to hundreds of Dearborn residents.

“Our corn on the cob is famous and citizens return year after year just to see us and support our cause,” Worden said.

The nonprofits at the festival work toward a range of worthwhile efforts including helping veterans, rescuing abandoned animals, providing scholarships, supporting youth programs, supplementing funds for high school activities, giving a boost to low-income families and supporting cultural arts.

The Dearborn-based nonprofit groups involved in Homecoming are: ACCESS, American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, American Legion Post 364, American Moslem Society, Arab American National Museum, Community Emergency Response Team, Christ Community Church, Dearborn Area of Chamber of Commerce and Dearborn Community Arts Council.

Also involved are: Dearborn Federation of Teachers, Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive, Dearborn Goodfellows, Dearborn Police Explorers, Dearborn Outer Drive Kiwanis, Dearborn Rotary Club, Dearborn Soccer, Dearborn Youth Football, Disabled American Veterans and Edsel Ford Booster Club.

Also involved are: Exchange Club of Dearborn, Fairlane Alliance Church, Fordson Varsity Alumni, Fr. Patrick O’Kelley Council Knights of Columbus, Friends for the Animals of Metro Detroit, Henry Ford College Ceramics Club, Henry Ford Village Retirement Community, Italian American Fraternal Club, Warrendale Community Church and WHFR-FM.

The Dearborn Community Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting cultural arts and recreation, partners with the city of Dearborn in organizing Homecoming.

For 39 years, Homecoming has been a tradition coordinated by the city of Dearborn and the Dearborn Community Fund. This year’s presenting sponsor is once again Beaumont Health.

The festival is at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill Road. Admission to Dearborn Homecoming is free. Parking onsite is $10, and a coupon for $7 re-entry is given. A free shuttle with free parking is offered at Dearborn High School. Other free parking is nearby in the west Dearborn business district.

For more information on Homecoming, visit www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming.