Plan your trip to Lancaster County and you’ll find that there’s more than covered bridges and Pennsylvania Dutch dining. Friend and photographer Roberta Surra says that you have to attend one of the many Spring mud sales to sample real Amish culture and heritage.
A mud sale, appropriately named for the condition of the thawing ground, is a gathering of thousands of people looking for bargains on anything from Amish quilts and antiques to lumber, buggies and livestock to lawn equipment. Auctions take place at volunteer fire departments with lively auctions run by the Amish, eager to turn a profit. If there’s nothing you need, enjoy a bowl of homemade chicken soup or fresh baked goods.
Make sure you coordinate your next trip to the Lancaster County website.