Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Big Lancaster Meltdown!

Well, the big snows here in Lancaster County, PA are over (hopefully) and the temps will be reaching almost 40 this week, so that means things are going to start thawing out. In fact, while I was writing this, a huge bunch of snow slid off my roof and disconnected my cable! So, where there is melting snow, there is mud; and where there is mud, that means it must be time for the Amish Mud Sales!

What are Mud Sales, you might ask. No, they're not retailing dirt and water mixtures. Wikipedia doesn't even define the term. The words are used to describe annual auctions or sales at local fire companies (though some churches and communities host them, too). They're so popular that they're held outdoors, often in the thawing fields - hence the term Mud Sale. And with all the snow melting, there's sure to be plenty of mud, so bring your boots!!

No matter which one you decide to attend, we'll be here to make your stay in Lancaster a memorable one! Book your stay at the Australian Walkabout Inn. We'll be happy to provide a restful place for you to relax after a long day at the sales.
Here's a list of some local sales that you might want to put on your itinerary:

Feb 25-26 Rawlinsville Farm Equipment & Auction 8:30am
Rawlinsville Fire Company
33 Martic Heights Dr. Holtwood 717-284-3943
Feb 26th - Farm equipment
Feb 27th - Antiques, antique tractors, etc.

Feb 27 Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale 8am
Strasburg Frie Co. #1
46 W. Main St. Strasburg 717-687-7232
Furniture, antiques, quilts, crafts, livestock, homemade goodies

March 6 45th Annual Bart Township Auction/Mud Sale (This is a BIG one!) 8:30am
Bart Fire Co.
11 Furnace Rd. Quarryville 717-786-3348
Antiques, quilts, furniture, equipment, hay & straw, livestock, tools, crafts, food

March 13 Gordonville Spring Mud Sale 8:30am
Gordonville Fire Co.
Old Leacock Rd 717-768-3869
Quilts, antiques, collectibles, furniture, farm equipment, livestock

March 20 4th Annyal Penryn Fire Co. Mud Sale 8:30 am
Penryn Fire Co #1
1441 N. Penryn Rd. Penryn, 717-665-4767
Wood crafts, furniture, antiques, quilts, crafts, farm equipment

March 27 Gap Annual Spring Mud Sale 8am
Gap Fire Company
802 Pequea Ave. Gap 717-442-8100
Carriages, buggies, wagons, furniture, quilts, crafts, dry goods, groceries
April 3 Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale 7am
Robert Fulton Fire Company
2271 Robert Fulton Hwy. Peach Bottom 717-548-8995
Crafts, plants, tools, antiques, furniture, food, livestock

An even more comprehensive listing can be found here.