Mud Sales in Lancaster County

Mud Sales are a Lancaster County original and refer to annual auctions/sales at a number of local fire companies. The sales attract thousands of people looking for bargains on anything from Amish quilts and antiques to lumber, buggies and lawn equipment.

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What are Amish Mud Sales?

Mud sales, named for the condition of the thawing ground in late winter and early spring, are major fundraisers for the volunteer fire companies throughout Amish communities. They are huge events, sometimes drawing as many as 20,000 people, where everything from hand-stitched quilts (donated by the Amish women's groups) and locally-made crafts to livestock, furniture, produce, baked goods, antiques, housewares, even the kitchen sink are all up for bid. In a sight that may seem like organized chaos to novice mud sale visitors, six or seven auctions are conducted simultaneously as Amish and "English" mill together over the many items bound for the auction block.

When are Mud Sales Held?

Each Saturday from late February to mid-April (and a few others sprinkled in May, June and August), various communities hold their annual sales. Most sales begin at 8:00 or 8:30 AM sharp, with activities continuing until 2:00 to 3:00 PM for those who wish to catch a glimpse of some local color and enjoy sampling traditional Lancaster County farm fare.

Good Eats

Whether bidding or just browsing, no mud sale experience is complete without a sampling of the hearty farm fare offered at every sale. On a chilly morning, warm up with some Pennsylvania Dutch chicken corn soup, a staple at every mud sale, or try a breakfast treat with a Pennsylvania Dutch sticky bun or funnel cake. The sales take on almost a community fair atmosphere. While bargains are to be had, so is the camaraderie, as folks come together to compare their winnings and share in the experience.

City Meets Country

With the variety of items and the unique heritage, the Pennsylvania Dutch Country mud sales provide patrons not only with bargains, but a sense of community and tradition. Inviting and never dull, the sales break down the divide between city and country, melting the two together to showcase the beauty of Lancaster County.

Visit a Lancaster County Mud Sale

Note: If exact date is not listed, please check back for updated information, as this page will be revised throughout the year. Be sure to check relevant website or phone number below for exact address and parking arrangements. 

February 25, 2017
Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale

Strasburg Fire Company
203 Franklin Street, Strasburg, PA 17572
717-687-7232
strasburgfire.com

March 4, 2017
Bart Township Auction & Mud Sale
Bart Township Fire Company
11 Furnace Road, Quarryville, PA 17566
717-786-3348
bart51.com

March 11, 2017
Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction

Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566
717-768-3869
43fireems.com

March 16, 2017
Farmersville Mud Sale
Famersville Volunteer Fire Company
74 East Farmersville Road, Ephrata, PA 17522
717-354-5094
farmersvillefire.com

March 18, 2017
Penryn Volunteer Fire Company Sale
Penryn Volunteer Fire Company
1441 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545
717-664-2825
penrynfire.com

March 18, 2017
Airville Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale
Airville Volunteer Fire Company
3576 Delta Road, Airville, PA 17602
717-862-3806
avfc55.com

March 25, 2017
Gap Fire Company Mud Sale & Auction
Gap Fire Company
802 Pequea Avenue, Gap, PA 17527
610-593-2480
gapfire.org

March 2017
West Earl Fire Company Quilt & Consignment Auction
West Earl Fire Company
14 School Lane Avenue, Brownstown, PA 17508
717-989-5986
westearlfire.org

April 1, 2017
Robert Fulton Sale
Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company
2271 Robert Fulton Highway (Routes 272 & 222), Peach Bottom, PA 17563
717-548-8995
513rffc.com

April 8, 2017
Rawlinsville Mud Sale

Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company
33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, PA 17532
717-284-3023
rvfd58.com

May 2017
Fivepointville Auction 

Fivepointville Fire Company
1087 Dry Tavern Road, Denver, PA 17517
717-445-4933
fivepointvillefire.net

May 13, 20176
Honey Brook Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction

Honey Brook Fire Company
Romano 4H Center, 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344
610-273-2688
honeybrookfire.org

May 20, 2017
Weaverland Valley Mud Sale
Weaverland Valley Fire Company
Terre Hill Community Park, 210 Lancaster Avenue, Terre Hill, PA 17528
717-445-7066
weaverlandvalleyfire.com

June 2017
Kinzer Fire Company Mud Sale
Kinzer Volunteer Fire Company
3521 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30), Kinzer, PA
717-442-4121
kinzerfire.com

June 30, 2017
Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction

Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company
313 Enterprise Drive, Bird in Hand, PA 17505
717-392-0112
birdinhandauction.com

June 30, 2017 
Refton Fire Company Mud Sale

Refton Volunteer Fire Company
99 Church Street, Refton, PA 17568
717-786-9462
refton59fire.com

August 12, 2017
Gap
 Relief Auction
Solanco Fairgrounds
172 South Lime Street, Quarryville, PA 17566
717-687-9470
reliefsales.mcc.org/sales/gap-relief-auction

August 2017
Intercourse Fire Company Consignment Auction 
Intercourse Fire Company
10 North Hollander Road, Intercourse, PA 17534
717-768-3402
intercoursefire.com

August 26, 2017
Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction
Bareville Volunteer Fire Company
211 East Main Street, Leola, PA 17540
717-656-7554
barevillefire.com

September 2017
Strasburg Fall Consignment & Mud Sale

Strasburg Fire Company
203 Franklin Street, Strasburg, PA 17572
717-687-7232 
strasburgfire.com

September 9, 2017
Christiana Antique & Craft Auction
Christiana Fire Company
214 South Bridge Street, Christiana, PA 17509
610-593-2124
christianafire.com

September 2017
Gordonville Fall Mud Sale & Auction

Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566
717-768-3869
43fireems.com

October 28, 2017
Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale

Cochranville Volunteer Fire Company
3135 Limestone Road Cochranville, PA
610-593-5800
cochranvillefire.com

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