As winter gives way to Spring in Lancaster County, some people look forward to longer days, others envision flowers in bloom... I can't wait to tromp through muddy fields in search of great shopping finds at one of Lancaster County's many annual Mud Sales.
Each year, local fire companies host "Mud Sales" as community fundraisers. The sales are set in local fields, which are often muddy from melting snow or rain... thus the name... no acutal MUD is for sale. The late Winter and early Spring dates work out best for local farmers because they have more time available before the Spring planting.
Often auctions are held both inside and outside simultaneously. Sometimes numerous auctions take place at the same time throughout the grounds. So, if you're not into tromping through fields, there are still options for you!
So make plans to come stay at the Historic Smithton and take in some true Pennyslvania Dutch culture during this year's Mud Sales. You'll have a blast & will hopefully go home with a new treasure (or two or three!).
2011 Mud Sales
Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale
8 a.m., Strasburg Fire Company #1, 203 Franklin St., Strasburg. 717-687-7232 or Strasburg Fire Co. website
Furniture, antiques, quilts, crafts, farm machinery, horses, mules, tools, groceries, fruit, homemade food.
Bart Township Annual Auction/Mud Sale
8:30 a.m., Bart Twp. Fire Company, 11 Furnace Rd., Quarryville. 717-786-3348 or Bart Twp. Fire Co. website Antiques, quilts, furniture, new & used equipment, small goods, hay & straw, livestock, buggies, tools, crafts and food.
Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction (Craft Show: March 7th, 6-9 pm)
8:30 a.m., Gordonville Fire Company, Old Leacock Rd., Gordonville. 717-768-3869 or Gordonville Fire Co. website
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.
Bart Township Building Materials Mud Sale
8:30 a.m., Bart Twp. Fire Company, 11 Furnace Rd., Quarryville. 717-786-3348 or Bart Twp. Fire Co. website
Wood and aluminum siding, windows, doors, paneling, bath tubs, wash bowls, lumber and food.
Penryn Fire Company 3rd Annual Mud Sale
8:30 a.m., Penryn Fire Company #1, 1441 N. Penryn Rd., Penryn. 717-664-2825 or Penryn Fire Co. website
Woodcrafts, furniture, antiques, quilts, crafts, farm equipment, food and more.
Gap Annual Spring Mud Sale/Auction
8 a.m., Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Ave., Gap. 717-442-8100
Horse-drawn carriages, buggies, wagons, new & used furniture, quilts, crafts, dry goods, groceries and more.
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.
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.
May 14 *NEW DATE*
Honeybrook Annual Auction/Mud Sale
8 a.m., Honeybrook Fire Company, 679 Firehouse Ln., Honeybrook. 610-273-2688
Quilts, crafts, new furniture, Winross trucks, Smuckers bells, farm-related supplies, tools, buggies, heifers..
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.
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.
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.