With the first one just 6 weeks away, I thought it’d be a good time to share the 2014 Mud Sale schedule.  “The Dirt on Mud Sales in Amish Country” explains the origin and name of this annual series of auctions in and around the Lancaster County area:

The mud sales were started about 50 years ago, in part to give local farmers a chance to obtain new or used equipment as planting season approached. The name comes from the seasonal change from winter to spring, as the frozen ground, in most rural areas not covered with grass, stones or asphalt, begins to thaw and turn muddy.

These auctions are a significant source of funds for local volunteer fire companies, which play a large role in firefighting operations in Lancaster County.  Lancaster County fire companies have a significant plain (Amish and Mennonite) composition, as we’ve seen in a previous post on Amish firefighters in action.

This summer I had a chance to visit the firehouses of Garden Spot Fire Rescue, located in Blue Ball and New Holland.  In the photo below you see one of the older vehicles, in the station in Blue Ball.  These are impressive machines, especially from up close.

Blue Ball Fire Company Engine

2014 Lancaster Mud Sale schedule

I’ve listed the first dozen or so mud sales below, starting with the February 22 sale at the Strasburg Fire Company.  The full schedule is available at padutchcountry.com.  If you have a chance to attend one of these I hope you’ll let us know how it went. Remember your muck boots!

February 22 – Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale 
Strasburg Fire Company
46 W. Main Street, Strasburg, PA 17572
717-687-7232

March 1 – Bart Township Auction & Mud Sale 
Bart Township Fire Company
11 Furnace Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566
717-786-3348

March 8 – Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction 
Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566
717-768-3869

March 15 – Bart Township Building Materials and Craft Sale 
Bart Township Fire Company
11 Furnace Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566
717-786-3348

March 15 – Penryn Volunteer Fire Company Sale 
Penryn Volunteer Fire Company
1441 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545

March 21-22 – Gap Fire Company Sale 
Gap Fire Company
802 Pequea Avenue, Gap, PA 17527
717-442-9549

March 22 – West Earl Fire Company Quilt & Consignment Auction 
West Earl Fire Company
14 School Lane Ave, Brownstown, PA 17508
717-989-5986

April 5 – Robert Fulton Sale
Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company
2271 Robert Fulton Highway (Routes 272 & 222), Peach Bottom, PA 17563
717-548-8995
www.513rffc.com

April 12 – Rawlinsville Mud Sale
Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company
33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, PA 17532
717-284-3023
www.rvfd58.com

May 3 – Fivepointville Mud Sale
Fivepointville Fire Company
1087 Dry Tavern Road, Denver PA 17517
717-445-4933
fivepointvillefire.net

May 10 – Honey Brook Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction
Honey Brook Fire Company
Romano 4H Center, 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344
610-273-2688
www.honeybrookfire.org

May 17 – Weaverland Valley Mud Sale
Weaverland Valley Fire Company
Terre Hill Community Park, 210 Lancaster Avenue, Terre Hill, PA 17528
717-445-7066
lcfa.org/zones/zone3/index.html

June 27 – Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction
Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company
313 Enterprise Drive, Bird In Hand, PA 17505
717-392-0112
www.facebook.com/Bird-in-Hand-Fire-Company

June 28 – Refton Fire Company Mud Sale
Refton Volunteer Fire Company
99 Church Street, Refton, PA 17568
717-786-9462
www.refton59fire.com