That's how former Rawlinsville Fire Company Chief Bill Bleacher remembers the volunteers early mud sales.
The sales began a half century ago, held in the fields behind the former fire station on Drytown Rd.
Most of the items will be sold on consignment. The firefighters receive 10 percent of the sale proceeds.
Consignments will be received at the fire station from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12, as well as from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 13. No consignments will be received on sale day.
The firefighters will not accept air conditioners, large appliances, or tires.
One of the features of the sale will be a commemorative quilt made by members of the community.
The auction of horses and mules is among the most popular sales. Also popular are the craft sales and the auction of plants and landscaping supplies. About 30 volunteer auctioneers will be holding as many as 10 sales at a time.
Members of the fire company's auxiliary and vendors will sell food at the sale. Among the items on the menu will be homemade donuts, soft pretzels, chicken barbecue, and milk shakes.
Community members also help set up and run the sale.
"This sale would not happen except for the Amish community," volunteer Dave Metzler said, "and a lot of them are not members of the fire company."
This year's sale will be held at the fire station, 33 Martic Heights Dr., Rawlinsville. The sale will start at 9 a.m.
There is adequate parking at the station so the only remote site will be for handicapped people. The volunteers will have transportation available to bring the handicapped from Eschbach Bus Service, 102 Martic Heights Dr., to the fire station.