Lancaster PA Mud Sales – Lancaster County Originals


What is a ‘Mud Sale’?

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-1960’s.

The late Winter and early Spring dates work out best for local farmers because they have more time available before the Spring planting. Since many of the items are sold outside during potentially muddy Spring conditions, these events have earned the nickname “mud sales”. (Scroll down for the dates of this year’s mud sales.)

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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. Check the schedule below for upcoming dates and locations.

So, grab the whole family, throw on your boots, and take in a mud sale for a truly unique Lancaster experience!


Scroll Down for a Schedule of Upcoming Mud Sales



  1. Glenn Melnick says:

    where do you find the schedule for this years mud sales? i need to buy quilts asap

  2. Love love the Mud Sales…i went to Gap and Rawlinsville this year and had the best time…next stop is Honey Brook May 14th…see you there..😁

  3. Where are the sept 2015 shows? They are not listed

  4. R. Griggs says:

    Someone Please post…. when the next Gordonville mud sale event will take place? March—– 2016..

  5. If you don’t find the deal of the year, you’ll certainly find too much to eat! What a fabulous way to spend any day…

  6. Last year I went to my first auction.I have never been to one before and I thought I would give it a try. I have had so much fun. I went to Refton Fire Company yesterday and had a blast. I like the antiques and crafts. Seeing everyone work together to put on such an awesome event is heartwarming! I love it

  7. I am looking for building materials and I love auctions. I have been wanting to start the mud sales for a while now. Time has arrived. Any recommendations for the best ones for building materials? Tools and things for working diy around the home? I want to attend my 1st this spring. I hope it becomes a tradition.

  8. West Earl Fire Co. 26th Annual Quilt & Consignment Auction
    There has been a date change for this years Auction.
    This years Auction will be held on March 22,2014.
    For further information you may want to check our website: or our Facebook page: West Earl Fire Station 29.
    Thanks for your interest and we look forward to seeing all on the 22nd of March!!

  9. Thank you.

  10. John Foster says:

    My wife and I started the tradition of spring and fall mud sales 15 years ago. Can’t tell you how much fun and memories of the sales we have experienced. We have given quilts to all of our children, not to mention the ones we could never part with. We have bought everything from crocks to even a Amish made all-wood canoe that is the envy of all my buddies. We specifically like Penryn, Gordonville and Cochranville. We found our first sale by accident just riding around one day. What a difference the sales have made in our life.

  11. Irene Gibson says:

    I know the Amish have a few mud sales in the Fall. Don’t they have the Haiti Auction in September? What information do you have on fall sales?

    • There are three more sales this Fall. They are listed on our Mudsales page at By the way, the Amish don’t host these sales – they are presented by local volunteer fire companies to raise funds. As for the Haiti Benefit Auction, the next one in Pennsylvania will be held in Bird-in-Hand next July. They are also conducted in a number of other states throughout the year. You’ll find the details here. Hope that helps.

  12. Do you know yet what date in 2014 is the Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction? We are over from the UK next March and would like to visit it if possible. Thanking you in anticipation. K

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