Mud sale mania!

By on January 31, 2018

Food, glorious food! You’ll find delicious homemade (mostly) PA Dutch foods you never knew you needed in your life at any given mud sale.

It’s mud sale season! Are you ready to get muddy?

What is a mud sale you ask? Many Lancaster County towns and villages are protected by volunteer fire companies. These fire companies need to raise funds to pay for needed equipment and supplies. Fire company sales have been a regular event here in Lancaster County since the mid-1960s.

The late winter and early spring dates work out best for local farmers because they have more time available before spring planting. Since many of the items are sold outside during potentially muddy spring conditions, these events have earned the nickname “mud sales.”

Often auctions are held both inside and outside, and sometimes numerous auctions take place at the same time throughout the grounds. You can freely move about from one auction to another looking for the merchandise that most interests you.

The items that are auctioned vary from one auction to another and include a wide variety of donated goods and consignment merchandise. Auctioned items often include furniture, craft items, quilts, building materials, livestock, buggies and carriages, tools, farming supplies and equipment, garden items, and much more. Plus, there is always lots of good home-cooked food for sale and to enjoy there.

Mud sales take place somewhere in Lancaster County almost every weekend through the late winter and early spring. Some do take place during the summer and fall as well. So, grab the whole family, throw on your boots, and take in a mud sale for a truly unique experience.

Mud isn’t a necessary component of a mud sale, but it’s probably likely. Wear boots. If you’re lucky, kids like these will be there to help you haul your purchases to the car.

The list of upcoming mud sales in or near our coverage area includes:

  • March 10 – Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction, Gordonville Fire Company, Old Leacock Road, Gordonville. Visit
  • March 16-17 – Penryn Volunteer Fire Company Sale, at 1441 N. Penryn Road, Manheim. Visit
  • March 17 – West Earl Fire Company Annual Quilt & Consignment Auction, 14 School Lane Ave., Brownstown. Visit
  • March 22 – Farmersville Volunteer Fire Company Sale, 74 E. Farmersville Road, Ephrata. Visit
  • May 5 – Fivepointville Fire Company Auction, 1087 Dry Tavern Road, Denver. Visit
  • May 19 – Weaverland Valley Volunteer Fire Company Sale, 403 N. Earl St., Terre Hill. Visit
  • Aug. 25 – Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction, 211 E. Main Street, Leola. Visit


You can purchase nearly anything at the typical mud sale. Many mud sales have several auctions going at the same time.

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