Board of Directors

Scott Saionz - President
Adam Jones - Vice President
Hassan Bazzi - Treasurer
Gary LaPointe - Director - Communications
Laverne Wainwright - Director - Artspace


Boy, was it hot! But festival-goers to Dearborn's 39th Annual Homecoming seemed energized by the challenge of the sultry 94 degree weather Aug. 3-5.

More than 110,000 people were captivated by the fireworks, danced to The 
Australian Bee Gees Show and other world class music on two stages, competed in Wacky Games, made kids crafts, enjoyed the carnival rides, pedaled in the bike tour, won cash or bragging rights in the Corn Hole Tournament, burned off elephant ear calories in the 5K Run, and greeted old friends throughout the reunion area.They also supported more than 20 Dearborn charities-but that was easy. The nonprofits were selling tasty festival food and cold beverages (adult and otherwise) or offering souvenirs to capture memories. 

The festival, at Ford Field Park at the northern edge of Downtown West Dearborn, also attracted customers to city businesses. 

Final figures are not yet available, but initial reports are that revenue and attendance were up from past Fridays, and Saturday and Sunday once again saw tremendous traffic.

The festival is organized by the City of Dearborn and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund, with activities and support provided by Healthy Dearborn, the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, ACCESS and the Arab American National Museum, the Dearborn Community Arts Council, the Dearborn Rotary Club and WHFR.
Sponsorships, parking fees, carnival revenues, and booth rentals cover the cost of fireworks, entertainment, tents and equipment. 


Artist: Brian Lacey

Mural Title: An American Exchange 

Artist Brian Lacey first appeared on the Dearborn scene as a mentor/advisor to the student POP 4 Design Team this past July. He conducted a workshop for the student artists and actively participated in the painting process. Brian presented a mural design concept for consideration on another East Dearborn location. The site located at 14245 Michigan Avenue was approved and with support from the East Downtown Dearborn, Brian, working alone, completed the mural in about two weeks. 

The mural is sponsored by the EDDDA, and with donations of some supplies from Sherwin Williams. 

Brian was born in Pontiac, MI and has a BFA from Detroit's College of Creative Studies. His work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries all over the world, including Inner State in Detroit, #Hashtag in Toronto and SPACEWOMb in Manhattan. Stop by to check out this beautiful new addition to Downtown Dearborn from a very talented artist. 


Downtown Dearborn is the place to be this summer for food, fun, music and much more. As summer begins to wind down, there is still plenty to do! Check out the line up of events for the rest of August: 

  • August 16 - Tunes at Noon (Noon - 1 p.m.): This event brings lively, interesting and fun music to Historic Dearborn City Hall Park, located at 13615 Michigan Avenue (the corner of Schaefer and Michigan Avenue). Bring your lunch and a coffee and enjoy FREE music! Howard Glazer and Harmonica Shah first began performing together in the late 1990s. In 2000, they released their first CD together "Deep Detroit" on Bluetrack Records. Artspace residents are also there providing cold beverages for a donation to their programs. 
  • August 17 - Downtown Dearborn Ice Cream Social (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.): It's hot out there, and what better way to cool off than with some ice cream! Enjoy an ice cream social in West Village Commons Plaza at 22223 Michigan Avenue. The first 100 kids get their ice cream FREE (kids only). Attendees can decorate their treats with all of the trimmings while enjoying family-friendly activities. There will be a bounce house, giant Jenga, sidewalk chalk and more. 
  • August 17 & 24 - Dearborn Farmers & Artisan Market (2 p.m. - 7 p.m.): Be sure to stop by and see what's growing in Michigan each week. Fresh fruits & veggies can be found at the three produce booths. Bring your friends and family! Heavenly Hot Dogs Food Truck will be at the market along with Howdy Doodles Ice Cream Coach.
  • August 24 - Friday Nites (5 p.m. - 10 p.m.): Don't miss the last Friday Nites event of the summer at W. Village Commons Plaza. The Beat Club will perform. Attendees can enjoy the cuisine of local restaurants and food trucks, a craft beer garden, corn hole games, kids' activities and more! The event is open to the public, and there is free parking in public lots and decks. 
  • August 25 - Movies in the Park: Black Panther (8:30 p.m.): The last outdoor movies of the season! Bring a lawn chair or blanket  to City Hall Park and settle in for a fun night. The showing of Black Panther will begin after dusk, so plan to arrive at 8:30 p.m. to pick your spot, with the movie to begin as soon as the night sky allows.


Donald Kosch helps cut the ribbon for the Dearborn Bike Share program. Don is pictured far right.

"My father started the Dearborn Sausage business in Dearborn in 1946.  I attended Fordson High School and after one year of college started working for my father. I grew to love Dearborn for its cultural diversity, parks, great schools and community facilities, and found it a wonderful place to raise a family. I have fallen in love with the city that has allowed me to grow [my business] and find professional success. I enjoy giving back so that other families have the opportunity to experience what our enriched community has to offer! I believe that Dearborn offers tremendous advantages for those looking to start a business in Dearborn as well as major companies."

One City, Two Great Downtowns!


© GTC Board of Directors  2018