About the Gratz Area Fire Company

The Gratz Area Fire Company #1 is located in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania and is proud to protect the roughly 3,000 citizens of Gratz Borough, Lykens Township, & the Village of Erdman, an area of 37 square miles. The GAFC runs out of one station, The 27 House, located on South Center St. in Gratz Borough. Restaurants, industrial complexes, and farms are also in The GAFC's first due area. The GAFC operates with an Engine, Tanker, & Rescue. The GAFC averages 70 runs per year. The GAFC is designated as Dauphin County Company 27.


For a community of varied backgrounds to work together in unity.  To aid in financial support for the safety and education of our loved ones and neighbors. 

What Are Mud Sales?

At the beginning of every year, local communities come together to support their local volunteer fire companies by holding auctions that have affectionately become known as Mud Sales. The term Mud Sale was coined from the condition of the when ground these auctions are held. Since the 1960s, Mud sales have helped build fire houses, purchase equipment, and enable training for fire fighters, EMS units, and First Responders in rural Lancaster, Dauphin, Chester, and York Counties. Area townships, the Amish community, and local businesses support the sales with donated and consigned items, becoming a bargain hunters paradise.

For over 40 years, Mud Sales have become spectacular events with various items being auctioned, including but not limited to; building
materials, horses, ponies, mules, tack and feed, antiques, Amish-made furniture, craft items, buggies, carriages, tools, farming equipment,
supplies, tractors and engines, groceries and produce, garden items, shrubbery, plants, sheds and gazebos, sporting goods, firewood
housewares, and some of the most amazing Amish quilts one could ever find.

Come hungry! Mud sales begin at 8:30 AM, but breakfast is usually served around 7 AM with warm fresh doughnuts and/or breakfast
sandwiches and fresh coffee all provided by the Ladies Auxiliary If you miss breakfast, no worries, feast on traditional PA Dutch foods
such as stromboli, barbecue chicken, sausage sandwiches, chicken corn noodle soup, soft pretzels, oyster sandwiches, smoked meats,
cakes, cookies, breads homemade ice cream, and more...

Parking is permitted in designated areas. Shuttle buses be provided for outlet parking. When you arrive at Mud Sale, come inside the sales office or inside the fire house to register for a bidders number so you can bid. Pay your bill in the designated area when you are ready to leave. 

A special thank you is due to the hundreds of volunteers auctioneers, firefighters, fire police, and the Amish community who dedicate their time to make these events happen Without their support these sales would not be possible. Thank you, we'll see you there