Amish Mud Sales: 2024 Schedule (Lancaster County & More)

When are the mud sales in Lancaster County? (Jump to full 2024 Mud Sale Schedule)

Quilts up for sale at a Lancaster County mud sale. Photo: Lauren Futch

2024 Mud Sale Guide (22 Sales)

The Lancaster County mud sale schedule for 2024 is now available, with the first event happening just over a week from now (February 23 & 24 at Strasburg Fire Company). These Amish-heavy events draw members of the community and outside visitors in support of the local volunteer fire companies. Many have large numbers of Plain volunteers (Amish & Mennonites) on their rosters.

Jump to:  2024 Lancaster County Mud Sale Calendar
What is a mud sale?
Why is it called “mud sale”?
The mud sale experience: What is it like to attend a sale?
Where & when do mud sales happen?
How many mud sales are there each year?
Mud Sale Photos

An Amish couple converses between rows of buggies at a Lancaster County mud sale. Photo: Lauren Futch

What is a mud sale?

A mud sale is an opportunity to enjoy an Amish-attended auction event, eat tasty auction food, and maybe buy something interesting. Buggies, quilts, farm equipment, crafts, tools, furniture, antiques, horses, and more are sold at mud sales.

Proceeds from these events go to support the local volunteer fire company. So by attending these lively events you’re also supporting the community – specifically, an important civic institution backed by both Plain and non-Plain residents.

Amish volunteer firefighters at the scene of a blaze. Photo: Ed C.

In the video below, John Stoltzfus of Strasburg Fire Company explains how the sales work.

In a nutshell: people bring items for sale, and the fire companies get a commission from each sale. Proceeds from mud sales typically account for around one-third of a fire company’s annual budget.

Why is it called “mud sale”?

The name “mud sale” comes from the condition of the area fields due to the spring thaw. The tradition dates back to the 1960s as detailed in this article:

The mud sales were started about [60] 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.

The tradition started with the Bart Township Fire Company benefit auction, the oldest of the mud sales. The sales are typically held in farmers’ fields, so if you have muck boots or other suitable shoes, you might want to bring them along. That’s especially the case if you go to a mud sale happening in the actual winter-spring thaw period (the present-day mud sale calendar stretches into the summer and even autumn).

Rows of farm equipment for sale at an auction in southern Lancaster County. “Mud sales” take their names from the muddy condition of farmer’s fields during the spring thaw. Photo: Rick Harrison

Many of them happen over two days, with different types of sales happening on each day. You may see them called “Amish mud sales“, but they are not Amish-exclusive events. Indeed you’ll see large crowds of both Amish and non-Amish people.

These are generally consignment auctions where people bring items for sale, with a percentage of the sale value going to the host fire company. Some mud sales have specific themes, like quilts or carriages.

The Mud Sale Experience

What is it like to attend a mud sale? Reader Rick shares some anecdotes from past mud sales, giving a feel for the events. This amusing anecdote is from a sale held at Rawlinsville:

“There were two little Amish boys, maybe 8-10, and you should have seen them laugh when they sold a yard sign of a dog going to the bathroom that had the word “No!” on it! A little later they bought this big Mexican sombrero for $2 I think – a little larger than the standard 3″ brim I suspect! I can imagine what their parents said!”

On a sale supporting Bart Township Fire Company:

“The quilt sale was fun to watch, with a mix of Amish women bidding on tops they would finish and re-sell I assume, and English – I believe the one woman bought several for $1000+.”

Reader Jerry commented the following on a past sale held at Gratz, PA. As Jerry suggests, experiences can vary:

“This quilt sold for $275. The horses sold very high and I thought the quilts sold too low. The quilts at this sale were some of the best I’ve seen. Some auctions have ugly quilts, but not here. I examined the workmanship and these quilts were excellent.”

This quilt sold for just $275 at a past mud sale. Photo: Jerry

When you attend a mud sale, you might have a chance to see young Amish and Mennonite boys playing the traditional game of cornerball (aka eck balle). This is a version of tag played with a hard ball about the size of baseball, but not as hard.

Teams take turns passing the ball around a square area laid with hay, and attempting to “tag” members of the opposite team within the square. Games can be intense, and attract sizeable crowds of spectators. For more on the rules and photos from a cornerball match, go here.

Amish youth play a game of cornerball at a mud sale. Photo: Rick Harrison

You might also notice young Amish boys with wagons at mud sales. Reader Lauren explains:

“There were dozens of Amish boys with wagons. An Amish friend told me that they use these wagons to haul purchases to people’s cars in exchange for a small tip.”

Amish boy with wagon for hauling purchases at the Bart Township mud sale. Photo: Lauren Futch

Finally, this short video by Mark Pynes/Penn Live also gives a great feel for mud sales:

Where & when do mud sales happen?

This tradition originated in Lancaster County, and that is where the bulk of the mud sales take place today. However, a handful of mud sales do happen outside of Lancaster County, notably at Airville in York County.

The mud sale schedule typically begins with the first sale of the year at Strasburg in late February. Although they are associated with the spring thaw, mud sales technically start while it’s still winter. The bulk of the auctions happen by spring’s end. However further sales are held in summer, and even autumn.

Amish auctioneers at the Airville (York County) mud sale. Photo: Airville Volunteer Fire Company

This is an annual happening and an important one for the region’s volunteer fire companies, which generate around one-third of their operating budget for the entire year over a single one-or-two-day event. The sales are held at the fire companies on the surrounding grounds.

Dozens of quilts may go up for sale at mud sales. Photo: Rick Harrison

How many mud sales are there?

In 2024, approximately 22 mud sales are scheduled to take place. The vast majority are held in Lancaster County, but several sales take place outside the county’s borders (in Chester County, York County and Dauphin County).

Outsiders are welcome to attend, and you can find an event in the schedule below that works for you. It’s a good opportunity to combine a mud sale with a visit to the Amish community in Lancaster County.

Come hungry, because food is available at mud sales. Photo: Ed C.

Mud Sale Photos

Check out these photos from past mud sales:

Strasburg Mud Sale
Gordonville Mud Sale
Bart Township Fire Company Mud Sale
Airville Mud Sale (York County)
Gratz Mud Sale

Airville Mud Sale (York County). Photo: Airville Volunteer Fire Company

2024 Mud Sale Calendar (Lancaster County & More)

Be sure to confirm the dates and times before traveling long distances to one of these events. Mud sales are typically held on Saturdays, while others may occur on both Friday and Saturday. Certain types of items (eg, quilts, flowers, etc.) will often be sold at specific times, so check fire company websites for more details.

While changes are not too common (and this year’s schedule should certainly be more reliable than years past, when many sales were canceled due to COVID), you want to be sure of times before making a trip.

Phone numbers and each fire company’s website (when available) are listed as sources of further information. Note: some sales, especially those happening later in the year, may not yet have finalized start times, etc. Check back here and/or on the fire company’s site for further information as those dates get closer.

February 2024

February 23 & 24
Strasburg Fire Company
203 Franklin Street, Strasburg, PA 17572
Friday (Feb. 23) start time: 4pm
Saturday (Feb. 24) start time: 8am

March 2024

March 2
Bart Township Fire Company
11 Furnace Road, Quarryville, PA 17566
Auction start time: 8am

March 8 and 9
Pequea Valley Fire Department/Gordonville Mud Sale
3204 Vigilant St./Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17529
717-768-3869 or

Photo: Airville Volunteer Fire Company

March 15 & 16
Penryn Fire Company

1441 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545
Friday (Mar. 15) start time: 12pm
Saturday (Mar. 16) start time: 8am

March 16
West Earl Fire Company Consignment & Quilt Auction
14 School Lane Avenue, Brownstown, PA 17508
Auction start time: 8am

March 16
Airville Volunteer Fire Company
3576 Delta Road, Airville, PA 17302
Auction start time: 8:30am

March 22
Farmersville Fire Company
74 E. Farmersville Road, Ephrata, PA 17522
Auction start time (Friday auction): 4:30pm

March 22 & 23
Gap Fire Company

Houston Run Corporate Center, 835 Houston Run Drive, Gap, PA 17527
Friday (Mar. 22) start time: 5pm
Saturday (Mar. 23) start time: 8am

April 2024

April 6
Robert Fulton Fire Company
2271 Robert Fulton Highway (Routes 272 and 222), Peach Bottom, PA 17563
Auction start time: 8am

April 12 & 13
Rawlinsville Fire Company
33 Martic Heights Dr, Holtwood, PA 17532
Friday (Apr. 12) start time: 5pm
Saturday (Apr. 13) start time: 7am

April 20
Schoeneck Fire Company
125 N King St, Denver, PA 17517
Auction start time: 9am

May 2024

May 3 and 4
Fivepointville Fire Company
1078 Dry Tavern Road, Denver, PA 17517
Friday (May 3) start time: 6:30pm
Saturday (May 4) start time: 8am

May 3 and 4
Gratz Fire Company
601 E Market St, Gratz, PA 17030

May 11
Honey Brook Fire Company
679 Firehouse Lane, Honey Brook, PA 19344
Auction start time: 8:30am

May 17 & 18
Weaverland Valley Fire Department
Weaverland Produce Auction, 1030 Precast Road, New Holland, PA 17557
Friday (May 17) start time: 6pm
Saturday (May 18) start time: 8am

June 2024

June 8
Pequea Valley Fire Department/Kinzer Mud Sale
3521 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzers, PA 17535

June 21 & 22
Refton Fire Company
99 Church St., Refton, PA 17568

June 27 & 28
Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction (benefits Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company)
338 N. Ronks Road, Bird in Hand, PA 17505
Thursday (Jun. 27) start time: 3pm
Friday (Jun. 28) start time: 8am
Note: times may change. Confirm at the source.

August 2024

August 9 & 10
Gap Relief Auction
Solanco Fairgrounds, Park Avenue, Quarryville, PA 17566
Friday (Aug. 9) start time: 7:15pm
Saturday (Aug. 10) start time: 8:30am
Note: unlike other events listed here, this sale benefits not a fire company but distaster relief organization Mennonite Central Committee

August 24
Bareville Fire Company
211 E. Main St., Leola, PA 17540

September 2024

September 21
Pequea Valley Fire Department/Gordonville Fall Sale
3204 Vigilant St./Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17529

October 2024

October 26
Cochranville Fire Company
3135 Limestone Road, Cochranville, PA 19330

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    1. That looks like a lot of fun.

    2. DJ

      Wow, great post. I love reading your blog!

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    4. Jerry

      Mud Sales

      I love going to mud sales. I like the ones that support local Amish schools the best. Beaver Run up near Danville is my favorite and also the largest attracting over 5,000 people twice a year. The one in Gratz, Pa is also a spring favorite as well as the two in Perry County. Oh I can’t forget the one up near Mifflintown in August and Port Treveton in May. The one that I enjoy the most is the smallest up near Beaver Springs for the Jack Mountain Schools. That one is a really old order and the most interesting people show up. Bottom line….mud sales are good food and good bargins with fun people watching.

    5. Urica

      Mud sales

      Do other states do mud sales or auctions? If so could you list those as well.

    6. Reziac

      I’m with Ben, I hate auctions for all the same reasons!

      But that’s so cool that he goes for his son.