The Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction, June 23 & 24, is a premier event that draws thousands of people to the town of Bird-in-Hand, PA. An Amish Haystack Dinner officially opens the activities at 3:30 pm on Thursday, followed by the Early Bird Auction at 4:30 pm, and a full day of bidding and buying on Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. The people of the community support their local Bird-in-Hand Fire Company by assisting with this significant fundraiser.
There are fine carriages; a great selection of miniature horses; and harness, tack, and carriage appointments. The auction also offers one-of-a-kind antiques, furniture, and high-quality quilts and crafts. An exciting area of growth is the sale of annuals, perennials, roses, flowering shrubs and bushes, shrubbery, ornamental grasses, and trees.
The day starts with a ride to the event grounds on a horse-drawn shuttle wagon. Bidders move from tent to tent, where four to seven auctioneers simultaneously convince bidders to go higher for a good cause. Food is popular as most of it is prepared fresh in the food tent. At the end of the day, young volunteers with their red wagons help carry purchases to cars and pickups for the journey home.
Mark June 23 & 24 on the family calendar and reserve these summer days for family fun in Bird-in-Hand!
The Auction Committee is seeking consignments of carriages, coaches, buggies, sleighs, wagons, good antiques, blacksmith tools, horse- and carriage-related items, miniature horses, ponies, new and used tools and equipment, and quilts, hand crafts, and collectibles. The goal is to offer high quality merchandise in all categories. Consignments are accepted Tuesday – Thursday, June 21-23. Please call Jake King (717-768-3299) or Paul Stoltzfus (717-656-0038) for more information.