Dearborn celebrates 40th annual Homecoming Festival

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The first weekend of August marked the city of Dearborn’s 40th annual Homecoming Festival at Ford Field Park.

The festival, which is looked forward to by locals every year, ran from Friday to Sunday and featured carnival rides, food trucks and stands, family-friendly activities, a 5K run and fireworks on Saturday and Sunday night.

Carnival rides occupied the parks usually empty parking lot, with The Mighty Mouse Coaster making its first appearance at the festival. Some anticipated rides also returned, including the Starship 4000 and the Ferris wheel.

Food trucks and stands filled the park with smells of butter and cinnamon, selling snacks that could satisfy any foodie’s cravings, including elephant ears, snow cones, nachos and deep-fried Oreos. 

The Polish, Italian and Arab American Tents also returned for another year, playing music and selling their culture’s foods.

The Italian-American and Polish tents at the Annual Dearborn Homecoming Festival.

“I always look forward to the Italian tent for fried dough, gnocchi and gelato,” said festival-goer, Marianne Caddy. “It’s a great way to try a bunch of local food trucks, too. Every year there’s more and more.” 

Family-friendly activities also appeared at the festival, including clowns making balloon animals, craft tables and a Henna tattoo tent.

 Each night featured a different musical act; on Friday, The Santana Project took the stage, and Atomic Radio performed later that night. The band FunHouse performed on Saturday, followed by headlining act Starship featuring Mickey Thomas. 

 A 30-minute fireworks show closed out the festival on Saturday and Sunday night, drawing large crowds that covered the hill in tarps, blankets and kids carrying light-up accessories.

“I would say it’s one of the best fireworks displays to date that I have seen,” said Dearborn native Jameel Bajjey.

The festival has drawn large crowds for years; folks from other cities have also started making the drive to Dearborn for the yearly festival.

“It’s very cool to attend an event with such long-standing tradition like Dearborn Homecoming,” said Farmington Hills native and first-time attendee Harrison Diskin. 

After 40 years of the Dearborn Homecoming, it’s become a summer staple to Michiganders near and far. Here’s to another 40 years.