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?

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.

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 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.

Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale
February 24th & 25th
Strasburg Fire Company
203 Franklin Street, Strasburg, PA 17572

Bart Township Auction & Mud Sale

March 3rd and March 4th
Bart Township Fire Company
11 Furnace Road, Quarryville, PA 17566

Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction

March 10th & 11th
Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566

Penryn Volunteer Fire Company Sale
March 17th & 18th
Penryn Volunteer Fire Company
1441 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545

Airville Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale
March 18th
Airville Volunteer Fire Company
3576 Delta Road, Airville, PA 17602

West Earl Fire Company Quilt & Consignment Auction
March 18th
West Earl Fire Company
14 School Lane Avenue, Brownstown, PA 17508

Farmersville Mud Sale
March 24th
Farmersville Volunteer Fire Company
74 East Farmersville Road, Ephrata, PA 17522

Gap Fire Company Mud Sale & Auction
March 25th

Gap Fire Company
802 Pequea Avenue, Gap, PA 17527

Robert Fulton Sale
April 1st
Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company
2271 Robert Fulton Highway (Routes 272 & 222), Peach Bottom, PA 17563

Rawlinsville Mud Sale
April 14th & 15th

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

Schoeneck Fire Company Mud Sales
April 15th
Schoeneck Fire Company
125 N. King Street, Denver, PA 17517

Fivepointville Auction
May 6th
Fivepointville Fire Company
1087 Dry Tavern Road, Denver, PA 17517

Honey Brook Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction
May 13th
Honey Brook Fire Company
Romano 4H Center, 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344

Weaverland Valley Mud Sale
May 19th & 20th

Weaverland Valley Fire Department
210 Lancaster Avenue, Terre Hill, PA 17528

Kinzer Fire Company Mud Sale
June 10th
Kinzer Volunteer Fire Company
3521 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30), Kinzer, PA

Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction Bird-in-Hand
June 29th & 30th
Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company
313 Enterprise Drive, Bird in Hand, PA 17505

Refton Fire Company Mud Sale
June 23rd & 24th
Refton Volunteer Fire Company
99 Church Street, Refton, PA 17568

Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction
August 26th
Bareville Volunteer Fire Company
211 East Main Street, Leola, PA 17540

Gordonville Fall Mud Sale & Auction
September 16th
Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566

Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale
October 21st

Cochranville Volunteer Fire Company
3135 Limestone Road Cochranville, PA

Lancaster Mud Sales