Mud Sales in Lancaster County: Fun Tradition for a Worthy Cause – and a Sign That Springtime is Near!

January 22, 2014

Mud Sales in Lancaster County give locals and tourists (Amish and English alike) an opportunity to share a

tradition as we look forward to saying goodbye to the cold of winter and set our sights on spring.

Since the mid-1960s, these fundraisers have helped to support our local volunteer fire companies. The auctions take place both indoors and out. Those outdoors, often in fields that have begun to thaw, have earned them the appropriate nickname, “Mud Sale.”

Mud sales feature all sorts of items you might want to buy for yourself or as gifts for someone else:

Antiques, Amish quilts, livestock, horses, mules, collectibles, lawn and garden items, new and used furniture, tools, crafts, construction equipment, sheds and trailers, buggies, barns, woodcrafts, machinery, plants, building materials, and more.

You’ll find plenty of delicious food at these events to sustain you, too!

Check out the schedule below for Lancaster County Mud Sale events in late winter/early spring 2014:

Saturday, February 22
Strasburg Spring Auction/Mud Sale – 8 a.m.
Strasburg Fire Company 203 Franklin St., Strasburg

Saturday, March 1
50th Annual Bart Township Auction/Mud Sale – 8:30 a.m. (Breakfast at 6 a.m.)
Bart Twp. Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville

Saturday, March 8
Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction – 8:30 a.m.
Gordonville Fire Company, Old Leacock Rd., Gordonville

Friday, March 14 & Saturday, March 15
Penryn Fire Company 9th Annual Mud Sale – 8:30 a.m.
Penryn Fire Company #1, 1441 N. Penryn Road, Penryn

Saturday, March 15
Airville Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale – 8 a.m. (coffee & doughnuts at 7 a.m.)
Airville Volunteer Fire Company, 3576 Delta Road, Airville

Saturday, March 22
West Earl Fire Company 26th Annual Quilt and Consignment Auction – 8 a.m.
West Earl Fire Company, 14 School Lane Ave., Brownstown
717-656-6791 (No Sunday Calls)

Friday, March 21 & Saturday, March 22
Gap Annual Spring Mud Sale/Auction – 8 a.m.
Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Ave., Gap

Saturday, April 5
Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale – 8:30 a.m.
Robert Fulton Fire Company, 2271 Robert Fulton Highway, Peach Bottom

Saturday, April 12 
Rawlinsville Annual Mud Sale – 9 a.m.
Rawlinsville Fire Company, 33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood

I hope you’ll get out and experience one or more of these events. Don’t forget to wear your boots!

By Rebecca Gallagher

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