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.
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?
In the past it was typically each Saturday from late February to mid-April; but now mud sales last throughout most of the year. 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.
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 2023
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.
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