Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mud Sales In Lancaster County, PA

For many people, Groundhog’s Day begins the anticipation of Spring, even though it feels like it won’t ever stay warm! However, Lancaster County, PA, has its own tradition which marks the beginning of Spring: Mud Sales! I have to admit that I have never been to a mud sale and frankly had no clue what they were! But I’ve discovered that they have an interesting history and that Lancaster County, Pa is the only place where you’ll actually discover a mud sale.

Dating back to the mid-1960’s, local volunteer fire companies have held auctions to raise funds. These fundraisers are typically held in late winter/early spring when farmers have more time before they begin planting their harvest. With many of the auctions held outside on the thawing ground, it’s obvious where the name “mud sale” originates!   

Thousands of people visit mud sales to find bargains and immerse themselves in Lancaster County’s Amish and Mennonite culture. Each sale has different items, but typical auctioned items include: furniture, craft items, quilts, building materials, livestock, buggies and carriages, tools, farming supplies and equipment, garden items, groceries, and antiques. Most sales begin at 8:30 am, but continue throughout the day, especially since there’s always good food!

The following is a list of the upcoming Lancaster County Pa Mudsales 2011:

February 26--Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale
8 a.m., Strasburg Fire Company.
March 5--Bart Township Annual Auction/Mud Sale
8:30 a.m., Bart Twp. Fire Company
March 12--Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction
8:30 a.m., Gordonville Fire Company
The largest firemen's auction/sale on the East Coast, featuring 500-600 Amish quilts, antiques, collectibles, new & used furniture, tools, farm equipment, horses, mules, buggies, lawn & garden, barns, utility sheds & trailers, construction equipment.
Craft show: March 7, 6-9 p.m.
March 19--Bart Township Building Materials Mud Sale
8:30 a.m., Bart Twp. Fire Company
March 19--Penryn Fire Company 3rd Annual Mud Sale
8:30 a.m., Penryn Fire Company #1
March 26--Gap Annual Spring Mud Sale/Auction
8 a.m., Gap Fire Company
April 2--Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale
7 a.m. breakfast, Robert Fulton Fire Company

There’s plenty of mud sales to visit, so if you’ve never been, I encourage you to visit the Lancaster Amish and see what bargains you can find! Plus, staying at a Lancaster Pennsylvania bed and breakfast will ensure that you have an enjoyable time! Your hosts will be hospitable and be able to give you tips on how to have a successful day at the mud sales!
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