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Amish boys riding a wagon at the Peach Bottom Pennsylvania USA, Annual Mud Sale.
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This was my first visit to a mud sale and what a treat! Mud sales have been a regular event here in Lancaster County since the mid-1960’s. These auctions help local volunteer fire companies raise much-needed funds.
The late Winter and early Spring dates work out best for local farmers because they have more time available before the Spring planting. Since many of the items are sold outside during potentially muddy Spring conditions, these events have affectionately become known as “mud sales”.
Often auctions are held both inside and outside simultaneously. Sometimes numerous auctions take place at the same time throughout the grounds.
The items sold vary from auction to auction and include a wide variety of donated goods and consignment merchandise. Auctioned items often include furniture, craft items, quilts, building materials, livestock, buggies and carriages, tools, farming supplies and equipment, garden items, and much more. Plus, lots of good food.
I love talking and of course photographing the Amish and their way of life. Yes, the Old Order Amish and Mennonites forbid photography of themselves, and their objection is based on the second commandment, Exodus 20:4: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
The younger Amish that have not joined the Amish church yet have no objection to photographing them. Most like it and some have asked me for a copy. I always ask first and have never been turned down by the parents to photograph their children. The older Amish I shoot from the side or behind.
The Amish live in a “fish bowl” with tourists stopping and snapping pictures all the time. How would you feel if a stranger jumped in front of you with a camera.
I do everything I can to be respectful to their way of life. An older Amish man told me that it’s ok, as long as I’m not in their face and they are not posing for it.
As my day came to an end on Saturday, my car was stuck in the mud on a farmers field where everyone was directed to park. I had to walk over to some Amish boys playing volleyball and ask for a push. These were great kids and if you take away their plain Amish cloths, they talk and act like our own.
A great day!
Taken with a Nikon D90 and a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens.
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