18 responses to Airville Mud Sale – York County, PA (22 Photos)
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    Comment on Airville Mud Sale – York County, PA (22 Photos) (March 26th, 2014 at 05:25)

    Great photos!!!

    Tom The Backroads Traveller

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    New York State of Mind
    Comment on Airville Mud Sale – York County, PA (22 Photos) (March 26th, 2014 at 06:33)

    I really like these pictures. Do they mud sales in New York STate?


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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Signs of Spring! (March 26th, 2014 at 08:02)

    Signs of Spring!

    Yes, seeing photos of annual mud sales are a true sign of spring, just like the song of the Redwing Blackbird I’m listening to as I type this (despite the fact that the temp. is in the teens this morning).

    What’s the history of volunteer fire departments hosting these mud sales? Is it because the Amish are among the volunteers, or was it just a common thing to do this time of year, anyway?

    Thank you for sharing your photos, Rita! The last photo took me by surprise, as the man very closely resembles my nephew!

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on History of Mud Sales (March 26th, 2014 at 12:46)

      History of Mud Sales

      Alice Mary I think this article gives a good background to the mud sales. http://www.post-gazette.com/hp_mobile/2013/03/17/The-dirt-on-mud-sales-in-Amish-Country/stories/201303170230

      I’m not sure offhand when Amish involvement in fire companies started, but it tends to be a Lancaster County thing and has been going on for some time. The mud sales themselves started around 50 years ago (the last one we featured here, Bart Township, was apparently the first, just having the 50 year anniversary. http://amishamerica.com/lancaster-mud-sales-bart-township-fire-company/

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on Airville Mud Sale – York County, PA (22 Photos) (March 26th, 2014 at 08:23)

    Love all these photo’s. A mud sale looks like it would be fun to go to.

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    Comment on Airville Mud Sale – York County, PA (22 Photos) (March 26th, 2014 at 09:21)

    Thank you for the armchair trip to Pennsylvania today, and the Facebook photo links.

    So is this a consignment auction that benefits the whole community, rather than all the items being donated?

    I am comparing the purple quilt from Airville to see if it’s same or different than the purple quilt picture taken by Lauren Futch at Bart.

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      Comment on Mud sale consignment (March 26th, 2014 at 12:26)

      Mud sale consignment

      Yes according to the article it is on a consignment basis with around 8% of the proceeds going to the fire company. Not sure how that squares with other mud sales, but seems pretty reasonable. Maybe some donate to this one as well, but I don’t see that info in the article. I believe donation basis would be more common for something like the Special Children’s Auction.


      “It’s really just grown,” he said, noting that the first sale in 2001 had 300 to 400 bidders and last year’s sale had 1,700 bidder numbers.

      Miller said anyone can drop off items at the firehouse to sell. The fire company gets, on average, 8 percent back from the items sold by the consignors.

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      Lauren Futch
      Comment on Purple Quilt (April 3rd, 2014 at 01:17)

      Purple Quilt


      I immediately recognized the quilt that you are referring to in the photos from the Airville sale. It definitely looks similar to the purple quilt that I photographed at the Bart Township Fire Company Mud Sale.


      Also, I was recently browsing in an Amish-owned quilt shop in Lancaster County and spotted a quilt of the exact same design for sale. The only difference was that it had a royal blue background rather than purple. Perhaps this is a design that is becoming popular among quilters in the area. 🙂


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    Comment on Airville Mud Sale – York County, PA (22 Photos) (March 26th, 2014 at 11:50)

    Great photos! Wish I could go to one.

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    Comment on Airville Mud Sale (March 26th, 2014 at 16:05)

    Airville Mud Sale

    Thanks for sharing my neck of the woods with Amish America readers – we live in a beautiful area. You can see just a bit of it in these pictures – you should see it when the weather is warmer and everything greens up! I encourage everyone to check out the Airville Volunteer Fire Company’s Facebook page – there are many more pictures like these. Enjoy!

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    Comment on Someday ... someday (March 26th, 2014 at 19:47)

    Someday ... someday

    I had thrown my name in the hat to go out on either one of two long term construction projects that my company is sponsoring, both in Amish areas. My thinking was it would be really nice to be able to live among, or at least nearby, the Amish for a year or so before I hang up my cleats, or in this case … work boots. The mud sales is something that I was very muck looking forward to attending.

    Unfortunately, with the generational changing of the gaurd I am now being told that the jobs that I would qualify for are being reseved for the many young engineers that they have hired, or will soon hire, all of which have plenty “book smarts” (education)but absolutely zero practical or hands on experience. They have to get this experience if they are going to contribute in the future.

    I realize that this situation is actually a mild form of age discrimination, but I also wouldn’t even consider taking a position where I am not needed and wanted. So whate has to happen has to happen. It looks like the mud sales in my future will will have to wait until at least the spring of 2017; the following year after I retire in June or July of 2016.

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      Comment on Lancaster mud sales in summer & fall (March 28th, 2014 at 11:53)

      Lancaster mud sales in summer & fall

      Signs are good that the mud sales will still be going in full force by then Oldkat. If you can’t make it before then, 2016 or 2017 is not too far off here (I say 2016 b/c despite the association with spring they go later into the summer and even fall–this year there are two scheduled in October, for Strasburg and Cochranville–though if you’re after mud, you may not get as much as you want that time of year 😉 ).

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    Debbie Halcomb
    Comment on Airville Mud Sale – York County, PA (22 Photos) (March 27th, 2014 at 07:42)

    I enjoyed the pictures. I was surprised how willing the Amish were to have picture taken, some even posed. Great to see them smiling though. Would love to attend one sometime,

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      Comment on Saying cheese (March 28th, 2014 at 11:25)

      Saying cheese

      Yes Debbie another example of Amish not being as camera shy as we might suppose. Of course, many are not this willing to say cheese. The girls above might not be church members, though the fellow in the final photo almost certainly is. I think there were some more like this on the Airville FB page, there are probably a few hundred photos from this event.

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    The Other Erik
    Comment on What are the Amish doing, seated at those tables? (March 28th, 2014 at 16:43)

    What are the Amish doing, seated at those tables?

    In a couple photos here, I see two rows of tables with Amish people seated at them. There appear to be papers that the Amish are using on those tables. What are the people doing?

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      Comment on Answer for Other Erik............ (March 31st, 2014 at 16:04)

      Answer for Other Erik............

      Other Erik, that is the room where you can sign up for your number to bid on items. When you win a bid, the auctioneer gets your number and that information is given to the people in that room. When you’re ready to pay for all your items, you go back to that area and they have a listing of all your items and give you your total and collect your money there.

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    Amish Dan
    Comment on Chicken (May 8th, 2014 at 07:13)


    Erik,I am a chef. I attend at least 3 mud sales a year to observe and purchase as much homemade food from the Amish that I can fit in my belly.

    I have been trying to figure out the marinade/recipe for the chicken they cook on those giant charcoal grills. Any thoughts?

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      Comment on Airville Mud Sale – York County, PA (22 Photos) (May 9th, 2014 at 08:44)

      Dan, the chicken barbecue sauce probably has a vinegar/butter base. While grilling, the chicken is turned and basted with the sauce every 5 or 10 minutes. Other methods use an overnight marinade, or a dry rub of seasonings, or a tomato-based sauce applied after grilling. I’m not sure why the recipe below says to sear the chicken.


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