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Chincoteague Pony Information

It’s estimated that wild ponies have inhabited Assateague Island between 300 and 400 years. Today two separate herds of wild horses make their home on Assateague Island, separated by a fence at the Maryland-Virginia line. The Virginia herd is owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. Each year the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company purchases a grazing permit from the National Fish & Wildlife Service. This permit allows the Fire Company to maintain a herd of approximately 150 adult ponies on Assateague Island. The Fire Company controls the herd size with a pony auction on the last Thursday in July. Each year tens of thousands of spectators come to watch the Saltwater Cowboys swim the pony herd from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island.

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2020 Major Events

Spring Round-Up

-Firday, April 17th.
-Saturday, April 18th. 

2020 Carnival Dates:

-Friday, July 3rd:
Opening Night!
-Saturday, July 4th:
    Carnival Night &
    Fireworks at 10 pm

-Friday, July 10th:
    Regular Carnival Night
-Saturday, July 11th:
    Regular Carnival Night

-Friday, July 17th:
    Regular Carnival Night
-Saturday, July 18th:
    Regular Carnival Night

-Friday, July 24th:
    Regular Carnival Night
-Saturday, July 25:
    Regular Carnival Night

Pony Penning Week:
-Monday, July 27th:
Morning Beach Walk &
    Regular Carnival Night

-Tuesday July 28th:
    Regular Carnival Night

-Wednesday, July 29th:
    Pony Penning Day &
    Regular Carnival Night

-Thursday, July 30th:
    Auction Day &
    Regular Carnival Night

-Friday, July 31st:
    Morning Swim Back &
    Regular Carnival Night

-Saturday, August 1st:
    Regular Carnival Night

-Friday, Aug 7th:
    Regular Carnival Night

-Saturday, August 8th:
    Raffle Night &
    Last Night of Carnival

2020 Chili/Chowder Cook-Off

-Saturday, September 26th

Fall Round-Up

-Dates Pending




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