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Fireworks-capped Infatuations close out 2014 Dearborn Homecoming Sunday

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Another fireworks show will end Dearborn's Homecoming weekend, after the Infatuations headline the festival's Sunday evening closeout on Main Stage.

The Detroit-based band is going to perform from 8:30-10 p.m. “its catchy pop-rock-soul-and-funk sound that is both danceable and unforgettable,” according to the city, which notes the band was nominated for 14 awards at the 2014 Detroit Music Awards, winning five (including Outstanding Live Performance).

The final day of the August 1-3 Homecoming will be kicked off in Ford Field Park at 7:30 a.m. by the First United Methodist Church, which will host a pancake breakfast in the Italian Pavilion until 11 a.m. The breakfast features an all-you-can-eat menu of pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee. The price of admission ($2 for children ages 5-12).

Parking will be free at Ford Field Park until 11 a.m., after which all-day rates of $10 will apply (a coupon will be given to allow motorists to leave, and then pay $7 for re-entry). An all-day festival parking rate of $5 will apply Sunday in lots A-E and H in the west downtown ($3 in the parking decks on West Village Drive). A free shuttle will start running at noon from free parking at Dearborn High School, and will run continuously Sunday between the festival grounds and the school parking lot until 11:30 p.m.

After the 11 a.m. Polka Mass is held in the Polish Pavilion, the Sunday entertainment acts will be led off by the Dearborn Big Band on the Main Stage from noon-1 p.m. On the food court stage, the Amazing Clark Comedy Magic Show will take place from 1-2 p.m., before the Amazing Clark starts strolling the grounds until 6 p.m. Jannie Annie will also be strolling the grounds between 1-6 p.m.

Howling Mercy and The Phoenix Theory will take to the stage Sunday for 3-4 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. concerts respectively for Food Court diners. Dearborn non-profit groups American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive, Disabled American Veterans, Edsel Ford High School Adult Athletic Booster Club, Exchange Club and Fordson Varsity Alumni Club will be selling food items while the Food Court is open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (the Community Tent will be open at the same time).

Dearborn non-profit organizations will also be receiving funds raised from food trucks. These food trucks are confirmed for the Homecoming Food Court Area from noon-11 p.m. Sunday (additional food trucks may be on hand during the festival):

Festival-goers can also enjoy entertainment and traditional ethnic dishes at the Italian and Polish Pavilions. The Italian American Fraternal Club of Dearborn will serve mostaccioli, sausage sandwich, pizza, gnocchi, cannoli, and pane fritto during Homecoming. The Polish Legion of American Veterans will have stuffed cabbage, pierogi, kielbasa, sauerkraut, potato pancakes and other Polish food.

On the Main Stage, Kaleido will play the Sunday warm-up concert from 6-8 p.m. Oakwood Healthcare, returning as the Homecoming's presenting sponsor for the fifth straight year, will take the stage with Mayor John B. O'Reilly Jr. at 8:15 p.m.

There will also be high school reunion picnics taking place all day in the picnic area. Alumni from Fordson, Lowrey and St. Alphonsus High Schools will be picnicking in between enjoying the Homecoming entertainment and family activities taking place Sunday.

Starting at 11 a.m., the Art Area will be featured Sunday on top of the hill through 7 p.m. The three main tents will be the Dearborn Community Arts Council's children's activity tent, the Henry Ford Community College ceramics tent, and the Detroit Institute of Arts tent. Home Depot provides a noon-2 p.m. wood workshop for children. Artisans will sell items like food, tea, candle making, soap making, jewelry and hand-made furniture, and the Dearborn Historical Museum will have items for sale.

The Living History Hill will also open on top of the hill from 11-7 p.m. The re-enactors will set up a frontier kitchen, and perform swordsmanship demonstrations at 1 p.m and 3:30 p.m., firearms demonstrations at 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m., and recruiting at 2:15 p.m.

The Oakwood Healthcare Wellness Tent will offer free blood pressure checks, a nutrition information booth, and interactive healthy-eating activities from noon-4 p.m. each day of Homecoming. Oakwood will also operate an Access to Care information table with Healthy Michigan Plan until 6 p.m. Returning this year will be Oakwood's other tents for first aid, and a cooling station.

Friends of the Rouge will also operate an interactive display from noon-8 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The display will demonstrate for visitors how pollutants end up in bodies of water.

The Outer Drive Kiwanis Club will again fire the 4 p.m. starting line gun launching its seventh annual Turbo Turtle Race on the Rouge River. The Turbo Turtle Derby will feature up to 2,000 rubber Turbo Turtles competing for $1,000 and many other prizes. Each turtle is numbered and each adopted turtle will receive a corresponding turtle tracking number.

To adopt a turtle, go to www.dodkiwanis.org or call Turtle Central at (313) 581-2577. The adoption money benefits kids' projects through the DOD Kiwanis Foundation (like Safety Town, The Dictionary Project, Handicapped Bowling and more).

On the Children's Activity Field, free carnival-style games for children will run from noon-5 p.m., children will bounce on free giant inflatable rides from noon-8 p.m., and the wacky games for all ages will conclude its final day. The contests taking place Sunday: donut eating (11 a.m.), baseball throwing (noon), bubble-gum blowing (1 p.m.), sack race (3 p.m.), spaghetti slurp (4 p.m.), and egg tossing (6 p.m.).

Wade Shows will open the Homecoming carnival Sunday from 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. The full-day wristbands can be purchased for $20, with half-day wristbands ($15) covering the hours of 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Blankets (8-by-8-feet or less) can be put on the hill (no stakes allowed) after 8 a.m. Saturday to view the 10 p.m. fireworks. All blankets must be removed after the fireworks by midnight.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has directed for 2014 that perimeters be put around four designated areas: the Italian Pavilion (including the picnic area and bocce ball courts), the Polish Pavilion, the American Legion Tent, and the area west of the asphalt between Brady and the covered bridge (including the Main Stage, dining tent, community tent, children's activity field, reunion area, arts area and fireworks viewing area). Visitors cannot buy alcohol at Homecoming except in a designated area, and these drinks have to be all drunk in that designated area and cannot be taken elsewhere through the grounds.

“Now the biggest thing that's new this year, is because we have to comply with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, the areas will be fenced in,” Dearborn Community Fund Executive Director EmmaJean Woodyard said. “The stand-alones like the Italian pavilion, Polish pavilion, the American Legion which is just south of the bridge, will be fenced in—we would refer to them as beer gardens.

“If you buy a beer or glass of wine, you have to stay within the fenced area. The main, what we call the midway, where the big food vendors tent is, and the main stage, that whole area will be completely fenced in. It's huge, but it is fenced in, which means when you buy a drink, you have to stay there inside that fenced area to drink it,” she said.

Homecoming is a project of the city and the nonprofit DCF, and is one of the most important fundraisers for numerous nonprofit groups that serve the community. Visit www.dearborn.org for the complete schedule on Homecoming.

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