Plans are well underway for the Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction to be held on Thursday and Friday, June 24 and 25, on the event field of the Smucker Homestead. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the auction was not held in 2020, but will return better than ever this year.
Jake King, one of the auction organizers, states, “Judging from the calls we have received from consignors, this might be a big year. People are ready to get out and attend events.” He also notes that because the pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s sale, the anniversary of the sale now corresponds to the year. For example, the 21st auction is being held in 2021.
As featured in an article on the front page of the April 7th edition of the Penny Saver, “Hand-in-Hand Mud Sale to Return,” the word is being broadcast about the sale. Several hundred volunteers are back for this year’s auction as well as the carriages, antiques, collectibles, plant nursery items, flowers, quilts and crafts, small tack, and field rows. One area that is expanding is the sale of tools by “Joe the Tool Guy” who will put even more popular brands on the auction block.
Local residents have a special invitation to attend the wings and pizza buffet under the food tent starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. Community members missed seeing each other last year, so hopefully they will make it a priority to attend the auction sometime during the two-day event. The proceeds benefit the Hand-in-Hand Fire Company, which makes it worthwhile to spend a day or two in the village of Bird-in-Hand enjoying the sights and sounds of the auction.
Find more information here: www.birdinhandauction.com