Lancaster County Mud Sales – A Local Tradition & Good Clean Fun!

March 31, 2010

For the last three days in Lancaster County (aka – an eternity!), it’s been raining cats and dogs… BUT, this weekend they’re predicting 80 degree, sunny weather… which got me thinking about… MUD SALES! This weekend is going to be just perfect for the Robert Fulton Fire Company Sale.

A “Mud Sale” is the Lancaster County term for an annual auction/sale at one of a number of local fire companies. The sales are typically held in farmers fields, and are appropriately named for the condition of the thawing (or rain soaked!) ground. They attract thousands of people looking for bargains on anything from Amish quilts and antiques to lumber, buggies and lawn equipment. There are usually a large number of Amish who attend these sales.Most sales begin at 8:30 a.m. sharp, but activities continue throughout the day for those who wish to catch a glimpse of some local color and enjoy sampling traditional Lancaster County farm fare.

Here are the upcoming sales:

April 3

Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale

7 a.m. breakfast, Robert Fulton Fire Company, 2271 Robert Fulton Hwy., Peach Bottom, 717-548-8995
Crafts, plants, tools, antiques, farm equipment, furniture, food, buggies, wagons, groceries, horses.

April 3

Wakefield Annual Spring Mud Sale
8 a.m., Robert Fulton Fire Company, 2271 Robert Fulton Hwy., Peach Bottom. 717-548-2483
Quilts, crafts, horses, lumber & building supplies, shrubbery, miscellaneous items and lots of homemade food.

April 10

Rawlinsville Annual Mud Sale
8 a.m., Rawlinsville Fire Company, 33 Martic Heights Dr., Holtwood. 717-284-3023
Quilts, horses, crafts, building materials, lawn equipment, new and used furniture.

June 25

Bird-in-Hand Mud Sale
8 a.m., Along Rt. 340 (Old Philadlephia Pike) across from Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant, 717-392-0112
Antiques, harness and tack, specialty items, quilts, crafts, carriages, buggies, wagons and food.

June 26

Refton Fire Company Sale
7 a.m. breakfast, Refton Fire Company, 99 Church Street, 717-786-9462
Hardware, shop tools, plants, furniture, antiques, crafts, hay and straw, quilts, horses, food and more.

August 28

Kinzers Fire Company Mud Sale
7 a.m. breakfast, Kinzers Fire Company, 3521 Lincoln Highway East, 717-442-4121
Plants, groceries, antiques, furniture, lumber, tack, sheds and gazebos, equipment, buggies, quilts, horses.

Whether you make it out this weekend, or for one of the later events, you won’t be disappointed by the atmosphere or the items up for sale.  And if you’re lucky, it won’t actually be muddy!