Homecoming

  • Cornhole Tournament returns to Dearborn Homecoming festival Aug. 4-6

    Teams can win cash prizes at popular lawn gameCornhole warmup

    Once again, the City of Dearborn is teaming up with Michigan Cornhole to bring a Cornhole Tournament to the Homecoming Festival on Saturday, Aug. 5.

    Widely popular at tailgate events and other parties across the Midwest, cornhole is an American lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn (or beans) at a raised platform with a hole at the far end.

    The tournament will begin at noon on Saturday, Aug. 5 at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill.

    Tournament players must be 18 years of age or older and team up with a partner. Cost is $25 per person or $50 for a two-person team.

    This year, there will be two divisions that players may choose to play in: social and competitive.

    There will be cash prizes for the first, second and third place.

     

    Players are able to register until July 29. Walk-up registration may be available but not guaranteed. Check in for the tournament ends at 10:30 a.m. Registration must be completed online at dearborntheather.com (a $2 online fee per registration will apply); by phone at 313-943-2354; or in person Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Michael A. Guido Theater Box Office, 15801 Michigan Ave. 

     

    Michigan Cornhole has been bringing people together via cornhole gameplay for six years. The group sells boards, bags, and other merchandise in addition to hosting social and competitive bar leagues and tournaments throughout the state.

    More about Homecoming

    Dearborn’s 2017 Homecoming festival takes place Aug. 4-6, 2017 and includes live music, great food, family activities, reunions, a carnival, and – a crowd favorite – a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday and Sunday nights.

    This year, like last year, will focus on wellness, nutrition, and activities, to promote the initiatives of Healthy Dearborn, a broad-based coalition of community partners.

    To that end, Homecoming will also again feature a 5K and Family Fun Run on Sunday morning, (register at http://triviumracing.com/event/dearborn-homecoming-5k-2/) and a free Healthy Dearborn Family Bike Ride on Saturday.

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

     

  • Dearborn’s Homecoming festival Aug. 4-6 adds Arab American tent, more kids’ activities; Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx headlines

    Spectacular fireworks, Healthy Dearborn activities, Car Cruise, carnival and other favorites return

     

    Dearborn will celebrate its 38th annual Homecoming August 4-6 at Ford Field Park with new attractions, including an Arab American Tent with food and entertainment in the tradition of the festival’s Polish American Shelter, Italian American Shelter and two dozen booths run by local charities, veterans groups and cultural organizations.

    The festival is also adding to Friday’s offerings with a Family Fun Day, scheduling free children’s activities that previously were only on Saturday and Sunday. More additions will be confirmed soon by the City of Dearborn and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund, which present the festival.

    Beaumont Health is the presenting sponsor once again.

    And, as always, the festival will feature spectacular fireworks on Saturday and Sunday; two dozen carnival rides, including an exciting roller coaster; delicious festival food; world-class entertainment, including headliner Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx on Saturday; as well as scores of healthy, family-fun activities and high school class reunion picnics.

    The new Arab American Tent, organized by ACCESS and one of its three national institutions, the Arab American National Museum (AANM), is a welcome addition to Homecoming. Featuring Arab food, including halal offerings; desserts; entertainment, the AANM Store, information tables, giveaways and more, the tent expands upon the presence that ACCESS and the AANM have had for the last two years at Homecoming.

    The new tent will be at an old site—on the eastern edge of the festival’s main parking lot, where the Polis American Tent had operated for years before moving to the South Shelter at Ford Field Park.

    ACCESS and the AANM also will continue to engage families at the children’s activity area at the top of the hill.

    “Our Homecoming festival has always been a place for our community to celebrate, and to connect with friends and neighbors, so adding the Arab American Tent means even more chances to enjoy good conversations, food and music, together,” Mayor O’Reilly said.

    “We’re glad that along with our Polish and Italian tents, and our many nonprofit groups, the new Arab American tent is expanding the scope of the festival. It gives us another way to showcase Dearborn to the 125,000 visitors from around the region who come to the festival,” Mayor O’Reilly said.

    “This is a community that is proud of its diversity and of Dearborn being a welcoming place. ACCESS is proud to present the Arab American tent and looks forward to the continued celebration of our rich history and diverse heritage as a city,” said Hassan Jaber, ACCESS executive director and CEO.

    Last year, the City and the DCF introduced a wide range of healthy activities, including a 5K run, and a family bike ride, to the festival as part of the Healthy Dearborn initiative. Those – and more – will return in 2017.

    Festival activities are at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill, generally from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Sunday Aug. 4-6, although some activities may start earlier or later. Free shuttles and free parking are available offsite.

    Visit www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming for more information about the festival and registration for events. 

     

  • Dearborn Homecoming Festival 5K registration continues

     

    run logo 2017Racers who plan to participate in the Second Annual Dearborn Homecoming 5K and Fun Run on Sunday, August 6 are encouraged to register early in order to take advantage of a discount.

    Runners who sign up before 11:59 p.m. on June 30 will pay $32, then registration will increase to $35 through race day.

    The 5-kilometer race will kick off at 8 a.m. from Ford Field Park and loop along the Rouge River Gateway trail near the University of Michigan-Dearborn before returning to the park. Prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female finishers and by gender in 12 age groups. 

    The one-mile Family Fun Run is a chance for racers of all ages and abilities to participate in the event. The Fun Run registration rate is $15. It starts at 7:45 a.m.

    Visit http://triviumracing.com/event/dearborn-homecoming-5k-2/ to register and for more details. 

     

  • Dennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX to headline Dearborn’s Homecoming festival

    DennisDeYoung approvedlogo600Founding STYX member set to rock Dearborn Aug. 5

    Dennis DeYoung and the Music of STYX will be the headline act on Saturday, August 5 at Dearborn’s Homecoming festival at Ford Field Park.

    DeYoung is a founding vocalist and keyboardist of the epic rock ensemble STYX, who during its tenure from 1970-1999 scored hits with songs like “Show Me the Way,” “Lady,” and “Come Sail Away,” among others.

    DeYoung is known as one of rock’s best keyboardists, famous for his impressive Oberheim synthesizer solos and for writing and singing six of the band’s seven top 10 BillboardHot 100-ranked hits. 

    DeYoung has also enjoyed a successful solo career, which includes hits “Desert Moon,” “Don’t Wait for Heroes,” “Call Me,” and “This is the Time.” Additionally, his music appears in stage productions, films, television shows, and commercials.

    The concert is free, as is admission to Homecoming. Now in its 38th year, the festival runs August 4-6 at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill, Dearborn.

     Attendees enjoy delicious food, carnival rides, games and contests, high school reunions, amazing fireworks, and top-tier entertainment.

    The festival also serves as a fundraising showcase for many non-profits and community partners. More than 20 organizations work with the Dearborn Community Fund and the City of Dearborn to be part of Homecoming.

    Homecoming activities and entertainment are paid for by generous support from sponsors, not City tax dollars.

               

     

  • Homecoming 2017

    Join us for a weekend of live music, family fun, good food and fireworks!

    The City of Dearborn's 38th annual Homecoming festival takes place Aug. 4 -6, 2017, at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill.  

    Dearborn Homecoming is an event organized by the City of Dearborn and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund. Presenting sponsor is Beaumont. The festival allows more than 30 Dearborn-based nonprofit groups to raise money for good causes that support the community. 

    Festival hours are generally 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day.  A complete schedule is listed below.

    Links to festival highlights:

     

     

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    Advanced pre-sale carnival wristbands and mega-passes:

    We all know the rides are great at this event (ride list coming soon) and you can purchase advance wristbands or mega passes between now and 11:55 p.m. August 3 online at the link above. 

     

     Festival calendar:

     

     

    Thank you for your support of non-profit groups!

     At Homecoming, Dearborn nonprofit groups raise money and generate awareness of their services to the community. $80,000 was raised in 2016. Participating in 2017:

    ACCESS American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association  American Legion Post 364  American Moslem Society Arab American National Museum CERT Christ Community Church Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce Dearborn Community Arts Council Dearborn Federation of Teachers Burn Drive Dearborn Goodfellows Police Explorers Dearborn Outer Drive Kiwanis Dearborn Rotary Club Dearborn Youth Football Disabled American Veterans Edsel Ford Booster Club 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 One Dearborn Warrendale Community Church WHFR Woodside Bible Church

     

     

     

  • Second annual Family Bike Ride returns to Homecoming

    Healthy Dearborn event fun for all ages

    Healthy Dearborn is sponsoring its second Homecoming Family Bike Ride on Aug. 5 at 10 a.m.Homecoming bike ride 2016

    The approximately seven-mile ride will wend its way through Dearborn’s northwest neighborhoods and includes mid-point stop at Levagood Park for refreshments and biking information.  This is a family-friendly, police-supported ride for cyclists of all ages.

    Helmets are required, and children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  The ride departs from the tennis courts on the south side of Ford Field Park, 500 Monroe St.

    Registration begins at 9 a.m. for this free event.  To save time that morning, waiver forms can be found at www.cityofdearborn.org/homecoming and printed and completed in advance.

    New this year will be an additional event for more serious cyclists.  Following the family ride, interested and able riders can join in a 20-mile, moderately-paced bike ride leaving from the park. Rest stops and SAG (support and gear) support will be available.

    A flyer for the bike ride is also available.

    Healthy Dearborn is a collaboration between Beaumont, the City of Dearborn, Dearborn Public Schools and other stakeholders to build a “thriving, diverse community that fully embraces a unified culture of health.”

    Dearborn Homecoming runs Aug. 4 to 6 at Ford Field Park.  The annual festival includes carnival rides, food, musical performances, free family activities and on Saturday and Sunday night, fireworks.  Admission to the festival is free.