Forget the groundhog, the first sign of spring in Pennsylvania are the Amish mud sales. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
The Amish Mud Sales have been a rite of spring in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for the past 50 years -- scheduled before the busy planting season gets under way.
"These are essentially auctions, and consignment sales to fundraise for the local fire companies, mainly that serve the Amish communities, so the Amish are heavily involved in running them," explains Joel Cliff of the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"It's just something you can't believe you are in 2014. I think it's a real authentic experience and you really don't find that, that much anymore," says Laura Lippstone of planetlippstone.com.
It's a rare opportunity for the public to get a genuine glimpse into the lives of the so-called "plain people" and come home with a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Merchandise at the mud sales run the gamut, from bargains on buggies and then some.
"Quilts, crafts, antiques, food, household items, furniture, farm equipment, some lumber," says Justin Wright of the Strasburg Fire Company.
A bonus is interacting with the Amish boys who work for tips, towing your purchases back to your car.
Before you leave, make sure you make time for a bite. Typical Amish food is sold, from homemade ice cream and baked goods to chicken and corn soup.
The core period for the mud sales is from late February to mid-April, with a few sprinkled right through the summer.
And when you step back in time, it sometimes helps to wear your boots.