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It’s Time For Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2015!

July 6th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2015

The 90th annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim is scheduled for the last week of July, 2015 – if you haven’t reserved your rooms yet, time is of the essence!

Easily the busiest time of the year on the island, the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim is the must-see event of the year, every year, on Virginia’s eastern shore. If you’ve yet to witness this iconic spectacle, add it to your bucket list or, better yet, make plans to get on down here this year while you still can.

The annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim week, this year starting on the 25th of July and continuing to the 31st, includes two round-ups, a beach walk, two swims, a parade, pony auction, and the attendant Chincoteague Fireman’s Carnival.

The 2015 Chincoteague Island Pony Swim breakdown is as follows:

The Pony Round Up: July 25th and 26th
The Beach Walk: July 27th
THE MAIN EVENT! Pony Swim to Chincoteague: July 29th
Parade To Carnival Grounds: July 29th
The Pony Auction: July 30th
The Pony Swim Back to Assateague: July 31st

Assateague Island is home to two herds of wild horses, one on the north end of the island, one in the south. Periodically, Chincoteague’s Saltwater Cowboys – also the Volunteer Firemen responsible for the annual summer carnival – round up the ponies for medical checks and, once a year, swim them across the channel between Assateague and Chincoteague at slack tide in order to cull ponies from the herd for auction.

Proceeds from the auction and carnival go towards the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman/Saltwater Cowboys who, in turn, use the funds to care for the wild ponies of Assateague Island.

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim and Fireman’s Carnival, 2015

July 25th through the 31st, 2015
For more details about the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim, Pony Auction, and Fireman’s Carnival, be sure to visit: www.chincoteague.com

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim Lodging
Thousands of people come from all over the world to witness the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim – to assure your place among the crowd, it is good to book your lodging NOW while you still can – and what better place to stay than at a historic inn on Chincoteague Island, itself? Stay at Miss Molly’s Inn Bed & Breakfast (or our sister B&B, 1848 Island Manor House) during the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim – as of this writing we still have a few rooms available – but that wont last!

Dig In To The 2015 Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival!

June 6th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival 2015Save your appetites – the 28th annual Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival is coming: the weekend of July 24th through the 26th, 2015!

Held every year on the weekend preceding the annual and famous Chincoteague Island Pony Swim, the Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival is a long time tradition on the island – just two years short of 3 decades, this year – and every year it gets bigger, better, and blueberrier! And why not? Chincoteague Island is a great destination no matter the occasion.

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Attend the 2015 Chincoteague Seafood Festival

April 11th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Seafood Festival 2015Fresh seafood fans rejoice – it is almost time for the 47th annual return of the Chincoteague Seafood Festival – scheduled for Saturday May 2, 2015.

An Eastern Shore tradition since 1968, the Chincoteague Seafood Festival is an all-you-can-eat seafood event providing a wide array of both prepared and raw, fresh, local seafood. Famous festival cooks, volunteers and professionals from local restaurants will be on hand with exciting offerings and signature dishes representing both old and new seafood favorites.

As you likely know or can guess, Chincoteague Island began as a small fishing village and, though in our past, the thread still runs deep. Some of Mid-Atlantic Coast’s best fishing waters are right off our shores and, at this time of year, local anglers are very busy bringing in a variety of favorites: striped bass, drumfish, and flounder.

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Hunt Down Some Fun With A Chincoteague Saint Patrick’s Day

February 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Saint Patrick's DayMake it a Chincoteague Saint Patrick’s Day this year by joining in on the island’s popular, annual Shamrock Scavenger Hunt!

Chincoteague Island’s annual shamrock scavenger hunt – In Search of Shamrocks – occurs March 14th, the Saturday before St. Patty’s Day, 2015. This popular, yearly event sees residents and visitors out and on the hunt for those green shamrocks!

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Take the Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge

December 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge

Into the water at the Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge

If your idea of a good time includes wearing a wacky costume while jumping into frigid sea water, then the Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge may be just the thing you need to kick off your New Year!

Hard as it may be to believe, 2014 is just about over and celebrations for the new year are being prepared. New Year’s Eve is a great time on Chincoteague Island, with an annual concert at the Island Theatre and the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade at midnight – but how do you keep the next day – the first day of 2015 – from being an anti-climatic let down?

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Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend

November 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Assateague Island Waterfowl WeekendAssateague Island’s Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is a major stopping point for the annual, fall migration of numerous species of waterfowl, peaking around the weekend of November 27 – just in time for the Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend!

Just kidding – of course the annual, Assateague Island Waterfowl Weekend is scheduled to coincide with each year’s autumn peak of migratory activity. This natural event sees thousands of different species of birds resting and feeding in and around the more than 14,000 acres of beaches, maritime forest, saltwater marshes, and freshwater marshes of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

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2014 Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival

September 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Chincoteague Island Oyster FestivalChincoteague Island Oyster Festival: how can you argue with a 400+ year old tradition – especially when it includes fresh Chincoteague Seaside Oysters?

Okay, so this is actually only the 42nd Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival – but it is based upon a popular story that’s 400+ years old, to whit: some of the first Europeans to hit Chincoteague Island stumbled upon and accidentally crashed a Native American oyster festival of sorts. Despite the unwitting disruption of festivities, the invading parties took one look at the oysters and … yum!

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The 2014 Chincoteague Decoy Carvers Decoy Show

August 16th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Chincoteague Decoy Carvers Decoy ShowChincoteague Island attracts more than just beautiful waterfowl – it also attracts artists who carve decoys of beautiful waterfowl! – and the 2014 Chincoteague Decoy Carvers Decoy Show is a great way to see the fruit of their labors.

Organized by the Chincoteague Decoy Carvers and Artists Association, the Chincoteague Decoy Carvers Decoy Show will feature some of the finest waterfowl carvings and wildlife art as created and displayed by over 25 separate exhibitors.

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Celebrate the 4th of July On Chincoteague Island

June 17th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

4th of July On Chincoteague Island If you’re looking for a unique and wonderful way to celebrate Independence Day, there are few better ideas than treating yourself to a 4th of July on Chincoteague Island!

So what’s there to do for the 4th of July on Chincoteague Island?

First and most obviously, the 89th Annual Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival will be in full swing, July 4th and 5th!

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival is always a great time with carnival rides and games for both adults and kids, food booths, live entertainment, raffles, and more. Come out, have some fun, eat some food, win some prizes, and do so knowing that the proceeds go towards supporting the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department, who also happen to be our source of Saltwater Cowboys.

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Surf Fishing Assateague Island

May 14th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Surf Fishing Assateague IslandSurf fishing Assateague Island is a great, outdoor pastime – and can be a fruitful one as well, especially this time of year!

What is surf fishing?

If you’re picturing an angler on a surfboard, back up a bit there, fellah. Surf fishing is conducted from the shoreline or while wading in the surf. Similar terms like “surf casting” and “beach casting” are more specific and refer casting into the surf from or near the beach. Surf fishing, as the name implies, is primarily a saltwater endeavor. Surf fishing is a general term and does not specify they type of equipment used or what type of shoreline you are fishing from – you can even surf fish from a pier.

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