Misty of Chincoteague

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10:13 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Ponies Cross the Channel to Chincoteague

Ponies Swim to Chincoteague
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Over 100 ponies took the plunge yesterday and swam from Assateague Island to Chincoteague.

Thousands of visitors watched the Saltwater Cowboys herd the ponies for the 89th annual Pony Penning.

The crossing took place around 11:50 a.m. during slack tide under sunny skies and pleasant temperatures.

Afterward they were paraded through the streets of Chincoteague to the carnival ground where they were  auctioned off this morning.

Last year 55 foals were sold bringing $114-thousand with 11 ponies bought back and returned to Assateague.

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10:08 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Chincoteague Prepares for Annual Pony Swim

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In Chincoteague they’re gearing up for the annual pony swim.

Yesterday, the Saltwater Cowboys paraded the northern herd of the ponies down the beach on Assateague Island.

Visitors from across the nation and abroad will be attending the annual pony swim to witness the herd crossing the Assateague Channel tomorrow.

On Thursday, the foals will be sold at auction with the proceeds going to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company which owns and maintains the herd.

The swim was made famous by the 1947 novel Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry.

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8:22 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Saltwater Cowboys Prepare for Annual Pony Swim

Pony Swim
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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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7:55 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Theater Famed for "Misty of Chincoteague" Gets Makeover

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In Chincoteague an iconic Island Movie Theater that premiered the film Misty in 1961 held an open house yesterday after two years of renovations by the Chincoteague Island Arts Organization.

The theater is moving into the 21st century with the ability to show 3D films .along with new seating and a new stage structure.

But it was a bit of nostalgia for a number of locals who appeared in the movie about drawn the children’s book “Misty of Chincoteague” that was filmed on location.

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10:11 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Ponies Hit the Water in Chincoteague

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The ponies made it across the channel yesterday from the Assateague Island to Chincoteague amidst stormy weather.

The thunderstorm came around 11 am drenching thousands of onlookers…that showed up for the 88th annual Pony Swim and parade.

The Saltwater Cowboys herded around 150 ponies making the crossing in around 5 minutes.

Kendy Allen with the Chincoteague Pony Center says , the ponies do not have to swim much and figures the distance they have to cross less than a quarter of a mile andis not that deep.

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9:07 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Wild Ponies Up For Auction Today in Chincoteague

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.

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12:34 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Ponies Cross the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague

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.