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: Be sure to check relevant website or phone number below for exact address and parking arrangements. 

February 27, 2016
Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale

Strasburg Fire Company
203 Franklin Street, Strasburg PA 17572

March 5, 2016
Bart Township Auction & Mud Sale
Bart Township Fire Company
11 Furnace Road, Quarryville PA 17566

March 12, 2016
Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction

Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville PA 17566

March 17, 2016
Farmersville Mud Sale
Famersville Volunteer Fire Company
74 East Farmersville Road, Ephrata PA 17522

March 19, 2016
Penryn Volunteer Fire Company Sale
Penryn Volunteer Fire Company
1441 North Penryn Road, Manheim PA 17545

March 19, 2016
Airville Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale
Airville Volunteer Fire Company
3576 Delta Road, Airville PA 17602

March 19, 2016
Bart Township Building Materials & Craft Sale
Bart Township Fire Company
11 Furnace Road, Quarryville PA 17566

March 26, 2016
Gap Fire Company Mud Sale & Auction
Gap Fire Company
802 Pequea Avenue, Gap PA 17527

March 26, 2016
West Earl Fire Company Quilt & Consignment Auction
West Earl Fire Company
14 School Lane Avenue, Brownstown PA 17508

April 2, 2016
Robert Fulton Sale
Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company
2271 Robert Fulton Highway (Routes 272 & 222), Peach Bottom PA 17563

April 9, 2016
Rawlinsville Mud Sale

Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company
33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood PA 17532

May 7, 2016
Fivepointville Auction 

Fivepointville Fire Company
1087 Dry Tavern Road, Denver PA 17517

May 14, 20166
Honey Brook Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction

Honey Brook Fire Company
Romano 4H Center, 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook PA 19344

May 21, 2016
Weaverland Valley Mud Sale
Weaverland Valley Fire Company
Terre Hill Community Park, 210 Lancaster Avenue, Terre Hill PA 17528

June 11, 2016
Kinzer Fire Company Mud Sale
Kinzer Volunteer Fire Company
3521 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30), Kinzers PA

June 24 , 20166
Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction

Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company
313 Enterprise Drive, Bird in Hand PA 17505

June 25, 2016
Refton Fire Company Mud Sale

Refton Volunteer Fire Company
99 Church Street, Refton PA 17568

August 2016
Mennonite Central Committee
 Relief Auction
Solanco Fairgrounds
172 South Lime Street, Quarryville PA 17566

August 27, 2016
Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction
Bareville Volunteer Fire Company
211 East Main Street, Leola PA 17540

September 2016
Intercourse Fire Company Consignment Auction
Intercourse Fire Company
10 North Hollander Road, Intercourse PA 17534

September 2016
Strasburg Fall Consignment & Mud Sale

Strasburg Fire Company
203 Franklin Street, Strasburg PA 17572

September 10, 2016
Christiana Antique & Craft Auction
Christiana Fire Company
214 South Bridge Street, Christiana PA 17509

October 22, 2016
Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale

Cochranville Volunteer Fire Company
3135 Limestone Road Cochranville PA

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