Mud Sale season kicks off
Mud Sales, a staple in Lancaster County culture and one that’s creeping into York County, is as much a signal of spring as daffodils, robins and warm weather.
A mud sale is a community auction with a heavy Amish participation– usually held to benefit volunteer fire departments– that is appropriately named for the soft, soggy and sometimes sloppy thawing ground. Generally, drivers can exit the parking area without getting stuck, but don’t count on it.
Airville held its mud sale last week, the only one scheduled in York County. Lancaster’s schedule shows a sale on most weekends throughout the summer.
The usual auction items are for sale– pictures, old sports equipment, apple pies and furniture– but at Brownstown Saturday, buyers could pick up pigs, a goat, cows or a horse. A few tons of mulch, railroad ties, garden sheds, hay bales, a swing set, a pole building ready to be erected on your site and plants to fill a garden. If the treasures were too heavy or bulky, there were plenty of Amish boys around to haul them to the car in a wagon.
But the real crowd pleaser was the quilt sale. A few dozen handmade quilts, with tantalizing color combinations, sold for between $25 and $4,000. Some were small throws and wall hangings, others king-size and everywhere in between.
And if nothing on this list interests you, check inside for the best Amish-made chicken corn soup you’ve ever tasted. There is plenty of good food around, but the soup is legendary. Really.
Closeups taken by permission.