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Classic characters come to life in Fairy Tale Festival

June 18, 2013

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — This year, Edsel and Eleanor Ford House officials have decided to begin their third annual fairytale art exhibit with the popular Fairy Tale Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29.

The festival — which ties into the exhibit theme of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” — is expected to again attract thousands of children and parents. Last year, the event drew about 2,500 visitors to the grounds for a day of family fun, said Ford House Communications Specialist Sarah Chuby.

Puppets, storytellers, musical and theatrical performances, crafts such as origami rose-making, croquet with the Queen of Hearts, floats from The Parade Company, three-legged races with Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and much more are planned for the festival.

“I don’t think we’ve ever done that before,” Chuby said of the three-legged races. “That’ll be fun.”

Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras to get memorable shots of their little ones with characters from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and other stories.

Because it was “very hot and humid” when they hosted the festival later in the summer last year, Chuby said they decided to move up the date this year, hoping for more pleasant weather. Although she said the festival’s appeal “is ageless,” she said it seems to be most popular with children ages 2-10.

“It’s a very exciting way to start the summer,” Chuby said of the festival, which comes on the heels of schools getting out for the seasonal break.

“Fairy Tales at Ford House has become one of the favorite offerings at the estate since we first began presenting the fantasy-focused exhibits and programs in 2011,” said Ford House Director of Interpretation and Programming Chris Shires in a press release. “The festival’s magic comes from seeing families explore storytelling in new and creative ways, whether they’re making crafts together, reading a book out on the grounds or watching a musical performance.”

The Ford House is located at 1100 Lake Shore, between Vernier and Nine Mile roads. Fairy Tale Festival tickets are $12 per person in advance or $15 per person at the gate. For tickets or more information, call (313) 884-4222 or visit

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