Be it the "Mud Sales" or in this case the largest Amish Auction in the area; every year all over Lancaster County we have the auctions. The "Mud Sales" mostly are to raise funds for the local
volunteer fire departments. Mud Sales get the name from the thawing ground in late winter and early
spring. You do often slosh through the mud to stand and buy. Although many of these Mud Sales are
somewhat small, there are the huge events that can bring in close to 20,000. Most all these events
offer up local hand made items, hand made quilts, various crafts, furniture, antiques, produce, plants
baked goods, buggies, and wagons. You name it and it may be up next for your bid.
At the auctions and mud sales the "English" and the Amish mingle together looking for "that" buy.
Best time to catch a mud sale is on Saturday usually beginning in late February and running until
June. Get there early because they start a 8AM.
At all the sales you will encounter some great eats! Be sure to sample the hand made and hearty farm
fare. One of my favorites is a cup of coffee and a Pennsylvania Dutch sticky bun. Later perhaps a
cup of a local staple = chicken corn soup, followed by a funnel cake! May not buy anything; but always
So next time you are looking for a ride; try a day in Lancaster,PA for an old fashioned mud sale or
Amish auction. Great fun. Great eats. Just keep an eye out for the buggies on the road.
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