Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

They’re back.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to descend on Chincoteague Island for the 87th annual Pony Penning.

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company sponsors the event which will see the Chincoteague ponies cross the Assateague Channel this Wednesday.

The following day they will be auctioned off to raise money for the firefighters.

Spectators will gather at the Pony Swim Lane and Memorial Park to watch the ponies to make the swim which will take three to five minutes.

The annual Pony Swim to Chincoteague Island has made it on the top 10 list as a favorite event for traveling families in Virginia.

Coming in at 8th the Salisbury Daily Times reports that it beat out visits to the Historic Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg.

Assateague Island’s recreational beach and light house as well as the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge made mention.

On the last Wednesday of July the Saltwater cowboys drive the ponies into the Assateague channel on their way to Chincoteague.