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Chincoteague Island 2017 Events

April 7 - April 8, 2017
Spring Pony Round-up

On Friday afternoon (around 4pm) the Saltwater Cowboys will round up the south herd into the southern corral. The southern corral is located along the road that goes out to the beach. Saturday morning (around 7am) the Saltwater Cowboys will round up the north herd into the northern corral. The northern corral is only accessible by walking or biking up the Service Road on Assateague. For more details: Visit www.chincoteague.com/blog/?p=46.
Location: Assateague Island
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

April - November
2nd Saturday Art Stroll

On the 2nd Saturday of each month, from April through November, participating galleries and shops on Main Street and Maddox Boulevard offer an array of special events from 5 to 8pm (and sometimes earlier in the day). New this year is the 2nd Saturday Scavenger Hunt! Stop at each participating shop to get your "InfoMAP" marked and enter to win the monthly prize. Monthly special events include Arts and crafts, Demonstrations, Book Signings and readings, Art exhibits, Tastings, and Music! For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/2nd-saturday-art-stroll.html.
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Main Street and Maddox Boulevard
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

April 14 - April 15, 2017
Easter Decoy & Art Festival

Chincoteague Combined High School. Admission is $4.00/day per person (Children under 12 are free) Local and national carvers and artists of all kinds exhibit and sell their works. Awards are given in various categories. Friday Noon-6pm. Saturday 9am-4pm.
Location: Chincoteague Combined School

Friday's and Saturday's, June 23 - July 29, 2017
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

Rides, games, raffles, and food... Pizza, Boardwalk Fries, Clam & Oyster Fritters, and much more! Fun for the whole family! For more details: Visit www.cvfc3.com.
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

July 21 - July 23, 2017
Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival

The largest Fine Arts & Crafts Event on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Non-Stop Family-Friendly Entertainment and Blueberries!!! For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueblueberryfestival.com.
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: The Chincoteague Center (6155 Community Drive)
Sponsor: The Chincoteague Center

July 22, 2017
Southern Herd Roundup
In preparation for Wednesday's Pony Swim, "Saltwater Cowboys" on horseback round up the Ponies on the Southern portion of Assateague. The roundup will begin at approximately 4:30 pm. The public can view the Ponies in the Southern Corral all day Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. The Southern Corral is located along side of the road that leads to the beach. For more details: Visit www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html.
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: The Southern Pony Corral (along the beach road on Assateague Island)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

July 23, 2017
Northern Herd Roundup

In preparation for Wednesday's Pony Swim, "Saltwater Cowboys" on horseback round up the Ponies on the Northern portion of Assateague. The roundup will begin at approximately 7:30 am. For more details: Visit www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html.
Time: 7:30 AM
Location: The Northern Pony Corral (on Assateague Island)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

July 24, 2017
The Pony Beach Walk

In preparation for Wednesday's Pony Swim, at day break, the Saltwater Cowboys will move the ponies from the Northern Corral out to the beachfront then south along the Atlantic Ocean, and join them with the ponies in the Southern Corral. To see the ponies make their way from the North Corral to the South Corral along the beach, be at the Assateague Beach by 6 a.m. Park in the beachfront parking lots and follow the crowds. For more details: Visit www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html.
Time: 6:00 AM
Location: Assateague Beach
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

July 25, 2017
Ponies Receive Vet Checks

In preparation for Wednesday's Pony Swim, all of the Ponies will be checked by a veterinarian and can be viewed by the public in the Southern Corral on Assateague. For more details: Visit www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html.
Location: The Southern Pony Corral (along the beach road on Assateague Island)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

July 26, 2017
92nd Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim

The Saltwater Cowboys will swim the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The swim takes place at "slack tide". Slack tide 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 time of slack tide varies each year. However, the swim generally takes place some time between 7am and 1pm. The specific time will be announced at the carnival grounds the week of the swim. After the swim, the ponies rest for about 45 minutes. Then the Saltwater Cowboys will "parade" the ponies down Main Street, to the carnival grounds where the auction will be held Thursday morning. For more details: Visit www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html.
Location: Memorial Park (7427 Memorial Park Drive)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

July 27, 2017
92nd Annual Chincoteague Pony Auction

The auction helps to keep the overall size of the herd sustainable, keeping it from growing too large. The auction begins at 8 am. Expect a large crowd and get there early to get a good spot. For more details: Visit www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html.
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague Fairgrounds (Main Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

July 28, 2017
Ponies Swim back to Assateague

The ponies make the return swim to Assateague Island where they will live in the wild for another year. For more details: Visit www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html.
Location: Memorial Park (7427 Memorial Park Drive)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

September 30, 2017
18th Annual Chili Chowder Cook-off and Car Show

Free Admission. Live Music, Arts & Crafts Vendors, Great Food, Raffles, Family Fun, Little Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Stuff Competition and more. 11 AM - 5 PM. Food service begins at Noon. Car Show registration is from 10am - Noon, with Trophies awarded at 3 PM. $10 registration fee benefits new CVFC Fire House. First 50 registrations receive a commemorative dash plaque. Trophies for Best In Show, Fire Company's Choice, Mayor's Choice, and Top 30 People's Choice. For more details: Visit www.facebook.com/ChiliChowderCookoffCarShow/.
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company

November 25, 2017
3rd Annual CCA Holly Day Market and Wildlife Art Gallery

2 Buildings, Over 80 Vendors! The former Deborah Waterfowl Show carvers and artists are now part of Holly Day Market. PLUS arts, crafts, jewelry, antiques, holiday decor and more. For more details: Visit www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/holly-day-market.html.
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (6309 Church Street)
Sponsor: Chincoteague Cultural Alliance

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