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About Mud Sales in Lancaster County, PA

One of the most popular Lancaster County attractions are mud sale auctions. People come from all over the surrounding area (even out of state) to buy things at one of these sales.

What’s a mud sale?

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, so they do a sale/auction once a year. Think of it like a benefit auction. These fire company sales have been a regular event here in Lancaster County since the mid-1960’s. They’re also known as “Amish Mud Sales”, and while a lot of Amish do typically attend a mud sale, they’re technically volunteer fire company sales.

When are mud sales?

Late Winter and early Spring work out best for local farmers (including the Amish) to be able to come to the sale because they have more time available before the Spring planting. Mud sales take place somewhere in Lancaster County almost every weekend through the late Winter and early Spring (see the 2018 mud sale schedule below). Some do take place during the Summer and Fall as well. Check the schedule below for upcoming dates and locations.

Why is it called a “mud sale”?

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 the 2018 mud sales »)





What’s a mud sale like?

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 Amish-made 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 delicious home-cooked food for sale (after all, Lancaster is famous for its smorgasbords).

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

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See the 2019 Mud Sale Schedule Below

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While you're out enjoying our Mud Sales, don't miss the opportunity to explore everything else that Lancaster has to offer. Learn about many Things To See and Do throughout Lancaster County all year long. Plus, there are many Amish Related Attractions and Family Attractions in Lancaster. And see our popular Events Calendar and Coupons pages for special events and bargains. Adventure awaits you!

2019 Lancaster County Mud Sale Schedule:

Click on each event below to see details and a map location.

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February 22 - 23 - Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale

See our blog post and photos, from this year's mud sale as well as post, photos, and video from a previous Strasburg Spring Auction Mud Sale.
Strasburg Fire Co., 203 Franklin Street, Strasburg, PA 17579, 717-687-7232


March 1 - 2 - Bart Township Auction & Mud Sale

Bart Township Fire Co., 11 Furnace Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566, 717-786-3348


March 8 & 9 - Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction

See our blog post and images from the Gordonville Auction & Mud Sale.
Gordonville Fire Co., Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17529, 717-768-3869


March 15 - 16 - Penryn Volunteer Fire Co. Sale

Penryn Volunteer Fire Company, 1441 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545

March 16 - Airville Fire Co. Spring Consignment & Quilt Auction

Airville Volunteer Fire Co., 3576 Delta Road (Rt. 74), Airville, PA 17302 (York County), 717-862-3806


March 16 - West Earl Fire Company Annual Quilt & Consignment Auction

West Earl Fire Company, 14 School Lane Ave, Brownstown, PA 17508, 717-606-2226 (No Sunday Calls)


March 22 - Farmersville Volunteer Fire Co. Sale

Farmersville Mud Sale, Farmersville Volunteer Fire Company, 74 East Farmersville Road, Ephrata, PA 17522, 717-354-5094


March 22 - 23 Gap Fire Company Sale

Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Avenue, Gap, PA 17527, 717-442-8100


April 6 - Robert Fulton Sale

Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Co., 2271 Robert Fulton Hwy. (Routes 272 & 222), Peach Bottom, PA 17563, 717-548-8995


April 13 - Rawlinsville Sale

Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Co., 33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, PA 17532, 717-284-3023


April 20 - Schoeneck Mud Sale and Quilt Auction

Schoeneck Fire Company, 125 North King Street, Denver, PA 17517,  717-336-6767


May 4 - Fivepointville Auction

Fivepointville Fire Company, 1087 Dry Tavern Road, Denver, PA 17517, 717-445-4933


May 11 - Honey Brook Fire Company Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction

Honey Brook Fire Company, Romano 4H Center, 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344, 610-273-2688


May 17 - 18 - Weaverland Valley Sale

Weaverland Valley Volunteer Fire Co., Weaverland Produce Auction, 1030 Precast Rd. New Holland Pa.17557, 717-445-7066


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June 8 - Kinzer Fire Co. Mud Sale

Kinzer Volunteer Fire Co., 3521 Lincoln Hwy. East (Rt. 30), Kinzers, PA 17535, 717-442-4121


June 21 - 22 - Refton Fire Company Sale

Refton Volunteer Fire Co., 99 Church Street, Refton, PA 17568, 717-786-9462


June 27 - 28 - Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction

Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company - Location: Across from the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant on Route 340, 313 Enterprise Drive, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505, 717-392-011

August 10 - 11 - Gap Relief Auction

Benefits Mennonite Central Committee, Solanco Fairgrounds, 172 S. Lime Street, Quarryville, PA 17566


August 17 - Intercourse Fire Company Consignment Auction

Intercourse Fire Company, 10 North Hollander Road, Intercourse, PA 17534, 717-768-3402


August 24 - Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction

Bareville Volunteer Fire Company, 211 East Main Street, Leola, PA 17540, 717-656-7554


September 21 - Gordonville Fall Sale & Auction

Gordonville Fire Co., Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566, 717-768-3869


October 26 - Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale

Cochranville Volunteer Fire Company, 3135 Limestone Road, Cochranville, PA 19330, 610-593-5800



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Tell Us What You Think About Mud Sales!


What are some of your favorite mud sale experiences? We want to know what you think. Please share your mud sale adventures and comments below.


  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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