Muddy Boots

Mud Sales in Lancaster County 2014

By: Eric Kazda

Mud sale?  What the heck is a ‘mud sale’?  Why would anyone want to buy mud???  These are the questions that ran through my head the first time I heard “Mud Sale.”  We were visiting another bed and breakfast and saw a quilt that was quite to my liking.  The innkeeper told me she got it, for a great price, at a mud sale!

What is a Mud Sale?

A mud sale is the name that Lancaster County gives to the annual auctions at local firehouses.  They are daylong, bustling events with thousands of attendees- bidders, buyers and gawkers. So many things are auctioned from Amish quilts to horses, from locally-made crafts to even the kitchen sink.  And the food!  You can be sure you won’t leave hungry!  Start your day with a Pennsylvania Dutch sticky bun or whoopie pie or sip homemade chicken corn soup to warm your belly.  The food is good, hearty and plentiful!

The sales started partly to give farmers a chance to get new or used equipment in time for the planting season, but now the sales are the major fund raising event for many fire companies in Lancaster County.  The majority of the auctions are held starting in late winter going into spring, hence the name ‘mud sale’.  You know, the ground is thawing, the auctions go on all day as it keeps getting muddier and muddier with the sun shining and people walking about.  Some of the sales even happen into the summer.

Most sales begin early in the morning so you would need to come at least the night before and stay in a bed and breakfast. (The EJ Bowman House is nice!)  These sales are a must even if you don’t buy anything because you will experience the mixing of cultures, Amish and English, and the fast-paced excitement of auctions and traditional food from Lancaster County.

2014 Mud Sales

February 22 – Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale 
Strasburg Fire Company
46 W. Main Street, Strasburg, PA 17572
717-687-7232

March 1 – Bart Township Auction & Mud Sale 
Bart Township Fire Company
11 Furnace Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566
717-786-3348

March 8 – Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction 
Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566
717-768-3869

March 15 – Bart Township Building Materials and Craft Sale 
Bart Township Fire Company
11 Furnace Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566
717-786-3348

March 15 – Penryn Volunteer Fire Company Sale 
Penryn Volunteer Fire Company
1441 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545

March TBD – West Earl Fire Company Quilt & Consignment Auction 
West Earl Fire Company
14 School Lane Ave, Brownstown, PA 17508
717-989-5986

March 21-22 – Gap Fire Company Sale 
Gap Fire Company
802 Pequea Avenue, Gap, PA 17527
717-442-9549

April 5 – Robert Fulton Sale 
Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company
2271 Robert Fulton Hwy. (Routes 272 & 222), Peach Bottom, PA 17563
717-548-8995

April 12 – Rawlinsville Sale 
Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company
33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, PA 17532
717-284-3023

May 10 – Honey Brook Fire Company Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction 
Honey Brook Fire Company
Romano 4H Center, 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344
610-273-2688

June 27 – Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction 
Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company
313 Enterprise Dr., Bird In Hand, PA 17505
717-392-0112

June 28 – Refton Fire Company Mud Sale 
Refton Volunteer Fire Company
99 Church Street, Refton, PA 17568
717-786-9462

August TBD – Intercourse Fire Company Consignment Auction 
Intercourse Fire Company
10 North Hollander Rd., Intercourse, PA 17534
717-768-3402

August TBD – Kinzer Fire Co. Mud Sale
Kinzer Volunteer Fire Company
3521 Lincoln Hwy. East (Rt. 30), Kinzers, PA 17535
717-442-4121

August 30 – Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction 
Bareville Volunteer Fire Company
211 East Main Street, Leola, PA 17540
717-656-7554

September TBD – Gordonville Fall Mud Sale & Auction 
Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566
717-768-3869

October TBD – Strasburg Fall Consignment & Mud Sale 
Strasburg Fire Company
46 W. Main Street, Strasburg, PA 17572
717-687-7232

October 25 – Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale 
Cochranville Volunteer Fire Company
3135 Limestone Road, Cochranville, PA 19330
610-593-5800

We hope to see you soon!!!!

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