PA Dutch Country has many special traditions, and one of our personal favorites is definitely Lancaster County’s annual Mud Sales!
Their name may be funny, but they’re SERIOUSLY great events to experience local culture and pick up some great locally-made goodies… and besides, the silly name is part of the charm of these annual sales. The name comes from the typical condition of the fields where the sales take place. These annual fire-company fundraisers bring out a variety of shoppers: Amish, Mennonite, other locals and tourists from near and far make the trek both for the wonderful and unique shopping opportunity, as well as the great people-watching!
If you’re looking for a good getaway as a remedy to cabin fever, book your stay at the Historic Smithton Inn. You can experience the tradition of a Lancaster County Mud Sale and the charm of a B&B with working fireplaces in every room! Here are the dates, locations and contact information:
2012 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.
March 3 & March 17
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
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.
Penryn Fire Company 4th 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.
Airville Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale
7 a.m. coffee & doughnuts, 8 a.m. auction begins. 3576 Delta Road, Airville, PA 17602. 717-862-3806
Crafts, antiques, and household furniture, building material, plants, trees, equipment, groceries, windows & doors, tools, quilts, tractors, saddles, tack, buggies, 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