TRADITIONAL COLORS: MY ADVENTURES IN AMISH CULTURE
This is our story of living alongside the Amish and their rich culture for over 12 years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Learn about the Amish through our experiences and about the pride they take in handcrafting authentic Amish goods.
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For those unfamiliar with the term, “Mud Sale” let me clarify it. Mud Sales are benefit auctions held each Spring, almost always by local fire companies. The word “mud” came into common use because the sale area always extends beyond the firehouse and into a neighboring farm’s field. Because the great winter thaw starts around that time, the fields can get unbelievably muddy. Folks from far and wide don their boots, which while not necessarily fashionable, is practical. Teenie-bopper Amish boys who live close by will all borrow the family wagon, and serve as valets for the Englishers, working for tips. Below is a photo of some of them anxiously driving towards the opening of the largest sale, the Gordonville Mud Sale. Most of these Mud Sales will bring hundreds, even thousands of folks to bid, buy, eat, and just people watch. Quilts are almost always auctioned. But fire companies who hold two sales a year, in the spring and fall, will usually restrict quilt auctions to just one of those sales.