Amish Mud Sales

Amish Mud Sales in Lancaster County, PA

Amish Mud Sales are a Lancaster County original tradition and refer to annual auctions or sales of Amish goods 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.

Amish Mud Sales

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In a sight that may seem like organized chaos to novice mud sale visitors, six or seven auctions are conducted simultaneously.

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 Lancaster 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 mud sales in Lancaster 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 in 2022

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.

Strasburg 48th Annual Spring Sale
February 26th at 8am
Strasburg Fire Company
203 Franklin Street, Strasburg, PA 17572

Bart Township Auction & Mud Sale

March 5th and March 19th
Bart Township Fire Company
11 Furnace Road, Quarryville, PA 17566

Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction

March 12th
Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566

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

West Earl Fire Company Quilt & Consignment Auction
March 19th
West Earl Fire Company
14 School Lane Avenue, Brownstown, PA 17508

Farmersville Mud Sale
March 25th
Farmersville Volunteer Fire Company
74 East Farmersville Road, Ephrata, PA 17522

Gap Fire Company Mud Sale & Auction
March 26th

Gap Fire Company
836 Houston Run Drive, Gap, PA 17527

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

Rawlinsville Mud Sale
April 9th

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

Schoeneck Fire Company Mud Sales
April 16th
Schoeneck Fire Company
125 N. King Street, Denver, PA 17517

Weaverland Valley Mud Sale
3rd weekend in May (May 21)

Weaverland Valley Fire Department
1030 Precast Rd, New Holland, PA 17557

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

Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction Bird-in-Hand
June 24th
Volunteer Fire Company
313 Enterprise Drive, Bird in Hand, PA 17505

Refton Fire Company Mud Sale
June 25th
Refton Volunteer Fire Company
99 Church Street, Refton, PA 17568

Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale
October 22nd

Cochranville Volunteer Fire Company
3135 Limestone Road Cochranville, PA

Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction
Dates TBD
Bareville Volunteer Fire Company
211 East Main Street, Leola, PA 17540

Gordonville Fall Mud Sale & Auction
Dates TBD
Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566

Fivepointville Auction
Dates TBD

Fivepointville Fire Company
1087 Dry Tavern Road, Denver, PA 17517

Airville Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale
Dates TBD

Airville Volunteer Fire Company
3576 Delta Road, Airville, PA 17602
Airville Volunteer Fire Company Facebook

Honey Brook Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction
Dates TBD

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

Lancaster Mud Sales

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