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 weekend from late February to mid-April (and a few others sprinkled throughout the rest of the year), various communities hold their annual sales. Most sales begin at 8:00 or 8:30 AM sharp, but activities continue throughout the day 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

Be sure to check relevant website or phone number below for exact address and parking arrangements of each sale. If no dates are shown below, it is because that particular Mud Sale date has passed, and we will update with the next year's sale when dates become available.

February 28, 2015
Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale

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

March 7, 2015
Bart Township Auction & Mud Sale
Bart Township Fire Company
11 Furnace Road, Quarryville PA 17566
717-786-3348
www.bart51.com

March 14, 2015
Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction

Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville PA 17566
717-768-3869
www.gordonvillefc.com

March 19, 2015
Farmersville Mud Sale
Famersville Volunteer Fire Company
74 East Farmersville Road, Ephrata PA 17522
717-354-5094
www.farmersvillefire.com

March 21, 2015
Penryn Volunteer Fire Company Sale
Penryn Volunteer Fire Company
1441 North Penryn Road, Manheim PA 17545
www.penrynfire.com

March 21, 2015
Airville Volunteer Fire Comany Mud Sale
Airville Volunteer Fire Comany
3576 Delta Road, Airville PA 17602
717-862-3806

March 21, 2015
Fivepointville Auction 

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

March 28, 2015
West Earl Fire Company Quilt & Consignment Auction
West Earl Fire Company
14 School Lane Avenue, Brownstown PA 17508
717-989-5986
www.westearlfire.org

March 28, 2015
Gap Fire Company Mud Sale & Auction
Gap Fire Company
802 Pequea Avenue, Gap PA 17527
610-593-2480
www.gapfire.org

April 4, 2015
Robert Fulton Sale
Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company
2271 Robert Fulton Highway (Routes 272 & 222), Peach Bottom PA 17563
717-548-8995
www.513rffc.com

April 11, 2015
Rawlinsville Mud Sale

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

April 11, 2015
Fivepointville Auction

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

May 2, 2015
Fivepointville Consignment Sale

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

May 9, 2015
Honey Brook Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction

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

May 16, 2015
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 13, 2015
Kinzer Fire Company Mud Sale

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

June 26 , 2015 
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 27, 2015
Refton Fire Company Mud Sale

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

August 15 , 2015 
Mennonite Central Committee
 Relief Auction
Solanco Fairgrounds
172 South Lime Street, Quarryville PA 17566
717-687-9470
reliefsales.mcc.org/sales/gap-relief-auction

August 15, 2015
Intercourse Fire Company Consignment Auction

Intercourse Fire Company
10 North Hollander Road, Intercourse PA 17534
717-768-3402
www.intercoursefire.com

August 22, 2015
Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction

Bareville Volunteer Fire Company
211 East Main Street, Leola PA 17540
717-656-7554
www.barevillefire.com

September 12, 2015 
Strasburg Fall Consignment & Mud Sale

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

September 12, 2015 
Christiana Antique & Craft Auction
Christiana Fire Company
214 South Bridge Street, Christiana PA 17509
610-593-2124
www.christianafire.com

September 26, 2015
Gordonville Fall Mud Sale & Auction

Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville PA 17566
717-768-3869
www.gordonvillefc.com

October 24, 2015
Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale

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

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