Sunday will be the final day of Dearborn’s 34th annual Homecoming festival at Ford Field Park, 22051 Cherry Hill.
The day will kick off with the Dearborn Homecoming 2013 Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon at the Italian Shelter. Sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Dearborn, 22124 Garrison; the breakfast will cost $6 ($3 for children under 12, and a $1 discount for senior citizens, and Dearborn police and firefighters).
At the Polish Tent, a Polish Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. by Rev. Dariusz Stralkowski from Our Lady of the Angels in Taylor, MI. After the morning concludes, both the Italian Shelter and Polish Tent will resume their offerings of ethnic food for the rest of the day.
The Food Court and Community Tent will open at 11 a.m., and continue to sell food, beverages and other items to support Dearborn service clubs and charitable organizations until the conclusion of the festival at 11 p.m. Food trucks will enhance the traditional food booths run by non-profit organizations after their opening at 2 p.m.
The entertainment lineup on the Food Court Stage which will be entertaining diners throughout Sunday will start with the Amazing Clark Comedy Magic Show. After appearing on stage from 1-2 p.m., the Amazing Clark Master Magician will continue strolling through the grounds until 6 p.m. (Jannie Annie will also be making the rounds from 1-6 p.m.).
Armed and Dangerous will take the Food Court Stage at 3-4 p.m., and Junction Groove will returning again to Homecoming from 5-6 p.m. The Polish Tent will be entertained by a DJ until Wally Duda and Band takes the stage to perform Polish music from 5-9 p.m., and the Italian Shelter will have music by Amici from 5-10 p.m. (while the conclusion of the bocci tournament starts at 4 p.m.).
Also opening at 11 a.m. will be the Living History Hill and Art in Action on top of the hill (until 7 p.m.), the carnival rides (until 10:30 p.m.), and free wacky contests “for kids of all ages” on the Children’s Activity Field (until 7 p.m.). Another activity starting at 11 a.m. will be the physical-fitness event, the Dearborn Community Tennis Association Adult Cardio Tennis (participants must supply their own racquets for this session through the noon hour).
The Art in Action will repeat Saturday’s programme of artist demonstrations, a children’s activity tent and interactive art activities (including a free kids wood workshop by Home Depot from noon-2 p.m.). In addition to its period campsites and frontier kitchen tended by re-enactors and craftspeople, Living History Hill will hold antique & period firearms demonstrations at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and a “High Tea” and “recruiting” at 2 p.m.
The Sunday lineup of “wacky games” will be baseball throwing (11 a.m.), donut eating (noon), sack race (1 p.m.), spaghetti slurping (3 p.m.), bubble gum blowing (4 p.m.), and egg tossing (6 p.m.). Also taking place on the Children’s Activity Field will be free children’s carnival games from noon-5 p.m., and free giant inflatable rides for bouncing from noon-8 p.m.
High school reunion picnics will be taking place for Fordson, Lowrey and St. Alphonsus High Schools all day in the picnic area. More activity will be taking place south of the bridge later Sunday afternoon, beginning with the 3-8 p.m. return of the Green Alternatives Expo area, which will have booths offering “environmentally-friendly” product exhibitions, information, and demonstrations.
At 4 p.m., the Kiwanis Club of Outer Drive will return for the sixth year with its annual Turbo Turtle Derby on the Rouge River. Anyone who “adopts” a rubber turbo turtle at the Kiwanis’ Dearborn Homecoming booth in the Community Tent (up to 15 minutes prior to the race) could win $1,000 or 50 other prizes if that turtle is among the first to be picked up at the finish line. Proceeds from the “adoptions” go to Kiwanis Foundation projects such as Safety Town, the dictionary project, and handicapped bowling.
On Stage B, the entertainment lineup will start with a free one-hour Zumba fitness class from 11 a.m.-noon. Festival-goers can join in on the dancelike moves to the beat of Latin music.
From 4-5 p.m., Dearborn Big Band will return to Homecoming after some absence.
“We’re glad to get the hometown band back this year,” Dearborn Public Information Director Mary Laundroche said. “They give a good time at an outdoor festival.”
According to Laundroche, a frequent performer at food truck events this year, Kaleido, will take the stage from 6-8 p.m. They will be the warmup act for Sunday’s main stage concert from 8:30-10 p.m., the Papa Doo Run Run, which recently played at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.
“We expect a great response to them,” Laundroche said. “They say they are America’s Music-California Band.
“They play the songs done by the Beach Boys and other groups like Jan and Dean. Their music certainly echoes the songs that those people did,” she said.
The closeout concert will be immediately followed by the 10 p.m. fireworks. Blankets can be put on the hill to view the fireworks after 8 a.m. (they must not exceed 8-by-8-feet, and must be removed by midnight).
Parking fees apply on the festival grounds starting at 11 a.m. Parking rates on the Homecoming grounds are $10 ($7 with coupons given earlier for a return entry over the weekend).
An all-day festival parking rate of $5 applies in west downtown lots A,B,C,D,E and H. The festival rate is $3 in the parking decks on West Village Drive after 5 p.m. Parking is free in the school parking lot.
City vans will provide free shuttle service from West Village Drive (between Monroe and Military) from 1-8:30 p.m. Dearborn Public School buses (including handicapped-accessible ones) will continuously run from noon-11:30 p.m. between the festival and the Dearborn High School parking lot (west side of Outer Drive, north of Michigan Ave.).