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Tom Hunt

More than 50 ponies were auctioned off at the 89th annual Pony Penning in Chincoteague yesterday with a record bid.

Catherine Miller of Illinois set the record with her bid of $21-thousand for a black and white filly.

WMDT reports that Deborah Davis bought one for $26-hundred.

Some of the highest bids went for ponies who will return to Assateague.

Another pony auction was the Feather Fund.

The non-profit helped give around 30 ponies to deserving children around the county.

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The 89th annual Pony Swim at Chincoteague gets underway today with the Saltwater Cowboys saddling up to take the herd of around 100 across the channel from Assateague Island.

The event is expected to attract some 40-thousand visitors and the swim is set to occur sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The town has been preparing for weeks for an event that a number of businesses see as better than Memorial Day Weekend.

The ponies will be auctioned off tomorrow with the proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company which owns and takes care of the ponies.

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - Chincoteague firefighters known as saltwater cowboys will oversee the annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague in Virginia on July 30.

The event is preceded by a carnival, which began Friday and continues on several dates in July and early August.

Each year the wild ponies are auctioned to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which cares for the Virginia herd. This year's auction is July 31. 

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WORCESTER CO., Md. - After a ten month closure, a near casualty of Superstorm Sandy, is now back in working order.

The Public Landing Pier in Worcester County, which was severely damaged in Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, has officially been repaired, and is once again open to the public.

WMDT reports that the repairs cost more than $198,225, which was covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and insurance settlement funds, along with unobligated funds from the Public Landing Bulkhead/Marina Project.

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) - Tens of thousands of visitors descended Chincoteague where dozens of ponies made their annual swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague.

It’s the 88th edition of the spectacle celebrated by Marguerite Henry's 1947 novel "Misty of Chincoteague".

The so-called Saltwater Cowboys have rounded up approximately 150 ponies that live on Assateague for the swim. After the swim, the ponies are rested before they're paraded down Main Street.

The Ponies made the swim and now they’re up for auction.

At about 9 am yesterday around 140 wild ponies were led across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island by the Saltwater Cowboys as thousands looked on for the annual event.

The crossing lasted a little more than 6 minutes.

Many visitors fell in love with the ponies as a result of Marguerite Henry’s famous book “Misty of Chincoteague “.

And they came from as far away as Cleveland.

Tens of thousands of spectators showed up this morning as the Saltwater Cowboys herded their ponies across the Assateague Channel for the 87th Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim.

The 10-minute swim across the 200-yeard Assateague channel dates from the early 1920's.

It was made famous by Marguerite Henry's 1947 novel "Misty of Chincoteague".

Tomorrow, the ponies will be auctioned off to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, which cares for the Virginia herd.

Thousands are out this morning for the 87th Chincoteague Island Pony swim with the Saltwater Cowboys at hand to herd the wild ponies across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island.

The crossing was set to begin by 10:00 am during slack tide.

Tomorrow the ponies will be auctions off with the proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.  

It’s Pony Penning time.

This is the eve of the 87th Chincoteague Island Pony Swim that is held on the last Wednesday before the last Thursday every July.

Saltwater Cowboys herd the wild ponies on Assateague Island across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island.

They will swim across the Assateague Channel south of Memorial Park.

The ponies are scheduled to cross during the slack tide between 7:30 am and 10 am.

Parking is available at Chincoteague Combined School on Chincoteague Island.