The pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island has been going on for more than 8 decades. This year’s pony swim will mark the 89th year of the event. People from around the country have flocked to the islands to take part in the festivities and find out what the much hyped event is all about. Over 40,000 people visit the islands during the event every year.
Herd of 150 ponies will swim the channel on Monday. They will take the route just south of Veterans Memorial park. After reaching the island, the ponies will rest for 45 mutes and then parade on the Main Street. On Thursday, the auction will be held and foals will be sold on carnival grounds. There will be a return swim on Friday.
The event is organized by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. And a part of the proceeds from the fire department’s fundraiser will go to a local charity and will also be used to provide veterinary services to ponies.
Ponies are a part of the landscape in Assateague Island. The ponies in the Virginia side of the island take part in the swim and auction, but their cousins on the Maryland side are wild animals and they are very likely to kick or bite anyone who they perceive as a threat. Visitors are warned to stay away from them and refrain from touching or feeding them.
The beach at Assateague is a sight to see and is ranked as one of the safest and cleanest beaches in the country by the Natural Resources Defense Council. A travel website listed Assateague as one of the Best Beaches on earth in 2013.
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