Mud sale season kicks off soon

By on February 1, 2017

It’s almost mud-sale time in Lancaster County. The sales start in February in Strasburg and continue through the fall.

The sales often are the biggest fundraisers for volunteer fire companies. You can find a deal, enjoy some food (often homemade) and give back to the community.

It all starts with local residents donating items, from quilts to farm equipment, to be sold. Some offer goods on consignment, and the fire companies get most of the proceeds.

The money is used to buy equipment and pay for training and operating expenses at community fire companies.

For fire departments like the ones in Strasburg and Bareville, the mud sale is their top fundraiser.

“It’s extremely important,” says Bill Howard, a webmaster for Bareville Fire Company.

And don’t forget about the food. Often, there will be people lined up to buy items like homemade baked goods.

“We have a lot of people who come out just for the food for the day,” says Tina Christman, office manager for Cochranville Fire Company in Chester County.

Mud isn’t a prerequisite for a mud sale, but it certainly makes the event more challenging. This foursome struggled with a wagonload of plants at the 2015 Penryn Mud Sale.

Mud isn’t a prerequisite for a mud sale, but it certainly makes the event more challenging. This foursome struggled with a wagonload of plants at the 2015 Penryn Mud Sale.

 

Here’s our guide to this year’s mud sales.

Feb. 25: Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale

  • Where: Strasburg Fire Company, 203 Franklin St., Strasburg.
  • When: Auction starts at 8 a.m. with quilts and crafts.
  • More information: 687-7232 or strasburgfire.com.

 

March 4: Bart Township Fire Company’s 53rd annual All-Day Mud Sale

  • Where: Bart Township Fire Company, six miles southeast of Strasburg, along Route 896 in the village of Georgetown.
  • When: Auction starts at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast served at 6 a.m.
  • More information: 786-3348 or bart51.com
  • Also: Craft and Antique Sale March 3, 4:30-8 p.m.; 29th annual All-Day Building Material Sale, March 18, 8:30 a.m.

 

March 11: Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction

  • Where: Gordonville Fire Company, Old Leacock Road, Gordonville.
  • When: Auction starts at 8 a.m.; quilt auction starts at 8:30 a.m.
  • More information: facebook.com/gordonvillesale or sale@43fireems.com
  • Also: No on-site parking. Parking information will be posted at 43fireems.com.

March 16: Farmersville Volunteer Fire Company Sale

  • Where: Farmersville Volunteer Fire Company, 74 E. Farmersville Road, Ephrata.
  • When: Auction starts at 4:30 p.m.
  • More information: farmersvillefire.com or 354-5094

 

March 18: West Earl Fire Company 29th annual Quilt & Consignment Auction

  • Where: West Earl Fire Company, 14 School Lane Ave., Brownstown.
  • When: Auction starts at 8 a.m.
  • More information: westearlfire.org or 989-5986

 

March 18: Bart Township Building Materials and Craft Sale

  • Where: Bart Township Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Quarryville.
  • When: Sale starts at 8:30 a.m.
  • More information: bart51.com or 786-3348

 

March 18-19: Penryn Fire Company’s 11th annual Mud Sale

  • Where: Penryn Fire Company, 1441 N. Penryn Road, Manheim.
  • When: Auction preview starts at noon. Grocery and craft auction is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s auctions start at 8 a.m.
  • More information: penrynfire.com or 664-2825

 

March 24-25: Gap Fire Company Sale

  • Where: Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Ave., Gap
  • More information: gapfire.org or 442-8100

 

April 1: Robert Fulton Sale

  • Where: Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company, 2271 Robert Fulton Hwy. (Routes 272 and 222), Peach Bottom.
  • When: Auction starts at 8:30 a.m.
  • More information: 548-8995
  • Also: Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company horse auction, 9 a.m. Saturday, March 25. For more information, call 548-3883.
Food, plants, farm equipment, decor, quilts and more: you can buy almost anything at a Lancaster County mud sale. These girls found some tasty candy offerings at the 2016 Penryn sale

Food, plants, farm equipment, decor, quilts and more: you can buy almost anything at a Lancaster
County mud sale. These girls found some tasty candy offerings at the 2016 Penryn sale

 

April 8: Rawlinsville Spring Mud Sale

  • Where: Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company, 33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood.
  • When: Auction starts at 8 a.m.
  • More information: bit.ly/RMudSale17 or 284-3023

 

May 6: Fivepointville Consignment Auction

  • Where: Fivepointville Fire Company, 1087 Dry Tavern Road, Denver.
  • When: Auction starts at 8:30 a.m.
  • More information: 445-4933 or fivepointvillefire.net

 

May 20: Schoeneck Fire Company Consignment Sale

  • Where: Schoeneck Fire Company 125 N. King St., Denver.
  • When: Auction starts at 9 a.m. Quilt auction starts at noon.
  • More information: schoeneckfire.com or 336-6767
  • Also: Yard sale and chicken barbecue, May 6.

 

May 20: Weaverland Valley Fire Company Mud Sale

  • Where: Terre Hill Community Park, 210 Lancaster Ave., Terre Hill.
  • More information: weaverlandvalleyfire.com or 445-7066.

 

June 10: 12th annual Kinzer Fire Company Mud Sale

  • Where: Kinzer Volunteer Fire Company, 3521 Lincoln Hwy. East (Route 30), Kinzers.
  • When: Auction starts at 8:30 a.m.
  • More information: kinzerfire.com or 442-9148.

 

June 22-23: Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction

  • Where: Held across from the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant on Route 340, Bird-in-Hand.
  • More information: bit.ly/BIHsale17 or 392-0112
  • Also: Benefits Bird-in-Hand Fire Company.

 

June 23-24: Refton Fire Company Sale

  • Where: Refton Volunteer Fire Company, 99 Church St., Refton.
  • When: Auction starts 5 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • More information: refton59fire.com or 786-6364

 

Aug. 11-12: Gap Relief Sale

  • Where: Solanco Fairgrounds, 172 S. Lime St., Quarryville.
  • When: Preview starts at 4 p.m., Friday. Auction starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s auction starts at 8:30 a.m.
  • More information: bit.ly/Gapsale17 or 786-0810
  • Also: Benefits Mennonite Central Committee.

 

Aug. 19: Intercourse Fire Company Consignment Auction

  • Where: Intercourse Fire Company, 10 N. Hollander Road, Intercourse.
  • More info: intercoursefire.com or 768-3402

 

Aug. 26: Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction

  • Where: Bareville Volunteer Fire Co., 211 E. Main Street, Leola.
  • When: Auction starts at 8:30 a.m.
  • More information: barevillefire.com or 656-7554

 

Sept. 9: Christiana Antique and Craft Auction

  • Where: Christiana Fire Company, 214 S. Bridge St., Christiana
  • More information: christianafire.com or 610-593-2124.

Erin Negley is a features reporter for LNP. She can be reached at enegley@lnpnews.com or 291-8690.

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