Apple Butter Frolic

October 1, 2022 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
on the grounds of the Mennonite Heritage Center

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.

$10.00 – Adults/Youth
$2.00 – Children age 6-15
Children under 6 free
Please no pets

The Frolic is a rain or shine event!

Enjoy farming, food, and fun at the 49th Annual Apple Butter Frolic at the Mennonite Heritage Center, 565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Farming demonstrations, delicious traditional foods, children’s activities, and time-honored crafts are all part of the day. Admission is $10 for anyone 16 years and older, $2 for children ages 6 to 15, and children under 6 are admitted free of charge.

Watch how to harness a horse for farm work and observe the intricate mechanics of horse-drawn corn binding. Help stir the apple butter cooking in a large kettle, try your hand at knotting a comforter, and look at old time tractors. Follow historic processing of corn and wheat to learn how kernels of wheat are separated from the stalk and how corn shocks were turned into food for draft animals.

Children can enjoy applesauce and butter making, horse-back rides, and climbing through a straw bale maze. There will be a display pen of small farm animals.

Gain a better appreciation for early American crafts and trades. Learn how leather was worked and shaped for practical use. Try your hand at quilting on a frame.

Delicious food is one of the best features of the Frolic. Cooks will be demonstrating 18th-century hearth cooking. You can eat freshly made scrapple straight from the cooking pot and watch the butcher cut up pork.  There will also be homemade apple fritters, pies, sausage sandwiches, and vegetable soup. Take-home food will be available after noon.

The Mennonite Heritage Center’s Museum will be open during the Frolic, featuring an exhibit on Mennonite Faith and Life and a fraktur gallery.

Handicapped parking is available at the Mennonite Heritage Center. General parking is available at Indian Valley Middle School, 130 Maple Ave., Harleysville with shuttle service to the Frolic. 

Pets are not allowed on the Mennonite Heritage Center Campus. The Frolic is a rain or shine event. For more information, see or call 215-256-3020.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Mennonite Heritage Center, which collects, preserves, and shares the Anabaptist/Mennonite story through museum exhibits and a historical library and archives.

Apple Cider

Special thanks to our Sponsors

Nice Farm, Franconia