Apple Butter Frolic

Saturday October 7, 2017 9:30-4 p.m.

This popular autumn festival has been enjoyed by the local community for over 40 years. The Frolic is an opportunity to learn how Mennonites and their neighbors lived 100 or more years ago, and it’s great fun for young and old alike. It also raises important funds to support the mission of the Mennonite Heritage Center.

The Frolic is a rain or shine event!  There is plenty to do undercover if we have a shower.

Gates open at 9:30.  Event runs until 4:00 p.m.  You may come for just breakfast before 9:30.  After 9:30 you will pay for admission.  You may pay your admission for the day when you pay for breakfast.

There will be an ATM at admissions; Also, you may purchase admissions, food and children’s activity tickets with a credit card.  Individual demonstrators who are selling products may only take cash.

There will be a drawing for a 4-hour use of the Paul M. Nyce Barn.  You must be present to enter, but don’t need to be present to win.  One entry per household.  Come see this beautiful new event space that you can use for family, business, alumni, or other group gatherings.

–Pancake & Apple Sausage Breakfast (7:30-10:30 a.m.) $8 /$2 8 y.o. and under
–Apple Foods Tent
–Harvest Baking Contest (see info below)
–Folk Craft Demonstrations
–Delicious PA German Food
–Children’s Activities
–Tractor and Wagon Rides
–Farming Demonstrations
–Grandma’s Kitchen
-18th Century Hearth Cooking (new for 2017)

10:00        Historic Barns of Southeastern Pa.
10:15        Cornshocking & Fodder cutting
10:30        Harnessing & hitching work horses
10:45        Plowing with horses
11:00        Cornbinding with horses
11:00        Franconia Twp Through 300 Years
11:15        Fodder Cutting
11:30        Flailing & Fanning Wheat (in barn)
11:30        Harnessing & hitching work horses
11:45        Cornhusking Contest
12:00        Cornbinding with Horses
12:00       Pa. Dutch Bake Ovens 1720-1920
12:15       Fodder Cutting
12:30       Harnessing & hitching work horses
12:45       Plowing with horses
1:00         How the Pretzel Survived Prohibition & Other Twisted Tales
1:10         Cornbinding with horses
1:15         Fodder Cutting
1:30         Apple Baking Contest Results
1:30         Flailing & Fanning Wheat (in barn)
1:30         Harnessing & hitching work horses
1:45         Plowing with horses
2:00         Tractor Parade
2:00        Historic Barns of Southeastern Pa.
2:10        Cornbinding with horses
2:15        Fodder Cutting
2:30        Harnessing & hitching work horses
2:45        Flailing & Fanning Wheat (in barn)
3:00        Cornbinding with horses
3:15        Fodder Cutting

Harnessing & hitching work horses (near the cornfield) 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 (this will be followed most times by plowing with horses)
Additional Events
2:00 – Tractor parade (in the parking lot)
View vintage farm equipment on display in the upper level of the barn

Adults/Youth $8
Ages 6-12 $2
5 y.o. and under FREE!

Please No Pets

Parking at Indian Valley Middle School, 130 Maple Ave., Harleysville, with shuttle to nearby Frolic.

For more information call 215.256.3020 or email

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Harvest Baking Contest

Inviting all bakers! Enter your favorite apple recipe in the Harvest Baking Contest at the Apple Butter Frolic. Bring your homemade baked apple pie or cake entry by 10:30 am on October 7 along with a copy of the complete recipe. Your entry will be good for one free adult admission to the Apple Butter Frolic. The pies and cakes will be judged by staff from the Landis Supermarket Bakery Department. The winners of the baking contest will be announced at 1:30 pm and will receive handsome gift baskets from Bauman’s Fruit Butters for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each of the two categories.


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Jeff & Jane Rosenberger Apples

Fred Gane

Harold Hunsicker