Lancaster County Mud Sales 2021 (The Sales Still Happening & Cancellations)

Will it be possible to attend a Lancaster County mud sale in 2021? Every year in early January I post a listing of the coming year’s mud sales. I have not done so yet this year due to the uncertainty (in 2020, many were cancelled due to COVID). Looking at the current schedule, things do not look great for 2021. I already count eight cancellations (out of 22 events). Some of those cancellations are of events that are even months away.

But on the bright side, some fire companies are doing alternatives such as online auctions (West Earl Fire Company) and food fundraisers (Strasburg Fire Company). Some will be carrying on with the in-person sale, but only holding outdoor auctions (Gordonville).

If you’re new to the concept, briefly, mud sales are consignment auctions with a long history in the Lancaster County area. They get their name from the muddy conditions of the fields due to the spring thaw (many take place in this spring period).

They are put on by volunteer fire companies in the region (many of which have significant Amish participation) and provide a good chunk of their annual budgets – about one-third. So without the auctions, these companies face a financial crunch.

It looks like there will still be some opportunities to attend a mud sale auction in 2021. If the more optimistic predictions come to bear, maybe some of these cancellations could even be un-cancelled.

2021 Lancaster Mud Sale Schedule

I pulled this schedule from, and rearranged it just a bit (a couple of the sales were out of chronological order). It is current as of Feb. 25. I’d expect changes, so if you’re reading this later in the year, be sure to confirm at the fire companies’ sites themselves before traveling to attend. Likewise, check with each fire company’s website or Facebook page to find out more on what to expect, if the event is being held.

February 11 – 20
Online Silent Quilt Auction hosted by the PA Relief Sale
Virtual Event

Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale
Strasburg Fire Company
203 Franklin Street, Strasburg, PA 17572

Bart Township Auction & Mud Sale
Bart Township Fire Company
11 Furnace Road, Quarryville, PA 17566

March 13
Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction
Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566

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

Airville Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale
Airville Volunteer Fire Company
3576 Delta Road, Airville, PA 17602
Airville Volunteer Fire Company Facebook

Online – March 12 – 19
West Earl Fire Company Quilt & Consignment Auction
West Earl Fire Company
14 School Lane Avenue, Brownstown, PA 17508

March 27
Gap Fire Company Mud Sale & Auction
Gap Fire Company
802 Pequea Avenue, Gap, PA 17527

April 23
Farmersville Mud Sale
Farmersville Volunteer Fire Company
74 East Farmersville Road, Ephrata, PA 17522

April 3
Robert Fulton Sale
Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company
2271 Robert Fulton Highway (Routes 272 & 222), Peach Bottom, PA 17563

Schoeneck Fire Company Mud Sales
Schoeneck Fire Company
125 N. King Street, Denver, PA 17517

Christiana Community Ambulance Association Auction
Christiana Community Ambulance Association
55 Pine Creek Drive, Gap, PA 17527

Fivepointville Auction
Fivepointville Fire Company
1087 Dry Tavern Road, Denver, PA 17517

Honey Brook Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction
Honey Brook Fire Company
Romano 4H Center, 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344

May 14 – 15
Weaverland Valley Mud Sale
Weaverland Produce Auction
1030 Precast Road, East Earl

June 12
Kinzer Fire Company Mud Sale
Kinzer Volunteer Fire Company
3521 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30), Kinzer, PA

June 24 – 25
Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction Bird-in-Hand
Volunteer Fire Company
313 Enterprise Drive, Bird in Hand, PA 17505

Refton Fire Company Mud Sale
Refton Volunteer Fire Company
99 Church Street, Refton, PA 17568

Rawlinsville Mud Sale
Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company
33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, PA 17532

August 28
Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction
Bareville Volunteer Fire Company
211 East Main Street, Leola, PA 17540

Gordonville Fall Mud Sale & Auction
Gordonville Fire Company
Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566

Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale
Cochranville Volunteer Fire Company
3135 Limestone Road Cochranville, PA

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    1. Joni

      Mud sales in Wisconsin?

      Ilive by Wilton. I’m wondering about sales in my area or is this only done in Pennsylvania?

      1. Auctions in Wilton, WI?

        The “mud sale”, as an auction to support volunteer fire companies, is more of a PA thing. Though, there are other benefit type auctions all over the country, though they probably wouldn’t be called mud sales. There are also fire companies in at least one place in New York. Wilton area has a pretty sizeable Amish settlement, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they hold at least an auction or two of some sort every year. A big thing is benefit auctions for the Amish schools. I would stop by an Amish farm stand or other business selling something in the area and just ask them if they have any regular auctions in the area.

        1. Joni

          Thanks Erik, I’ll do that.

    2. Jerry

      The one mud sale inDauphin County

      I received a flyer today stating the Upper Dauphin County, Pa mud sale WILL be held this year on April 30 and May 1.
      This huge sale will be at the Gratz Fairgrounds. It was canceled in 2020.

      1. Thanks for the update on that one Jerry. Maybe we’ll get another auction report from that one? 🙂 Also, someone emailed me that the Robert Fulton sale is also off, but I haven’t been able to find online confirmation of that yet.