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92nd Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim Wednesday Morning

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- Wednesday morning's 92nd Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim will be one of the earliest in many years, according to organizers. 

This year's event will take place between 6 and 8 a.m., when the famed Saltwater Cowboys will herd an army of approximately 150 wild ponies across the Assateague Channel from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island.

The annual swim, held by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department, always takes place at "slack tide," which is a period of about 30 minutes between tides, when there is no current. This is the easiest time for the ponies to make the swim. 

The route is just south of Veterans Memorial Park, where spectators can see the ponies swim.  A large screen will be located in the park with a live feed of the swim. No seating is provided.

After the swim, ponies will rest for 45 minutes. Then the Saltwater Cowboys will "parade" the ponies down Main Street, to the carnival grounds where the foals will be auctioned off Thursday morning.

Some of the proceeds from the fire department’s fundraiser will benefit a regional charity and help provide veterinary services for ponies throughout the year.

Each year the fire department designates a select few ponies as "buy backs." A buy back pony is a foal that is designated by the fire company to return to Assateague Island to live out its life there. The buy back pony will be auctioned with the rest of the foals. The winner of a buy back pony will get to name the pony before it is returned to Assateague. Buy back ponies replenish the herd on Assateague.  

On Friday, the adult ponies will make the return swim to Assateague Island where they will live in the wild for another year.

Click here for more details about Wednesday's event.

Editor's note: Tune in to WBOC TV 16 and WBOC's Facebook page for live coverage of Wednesday morning's pony swim. 
   

 

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