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By Dave Rosenthal | July 26, 2012
Tens of thousands of people turned out Wednesday for the annual Chincoteague wild pony swim, an event made famous by Marguerite Henry's novel, "Misty of Chincoteague. " About 175 ponies crossed Assateague Channel, and many are auctioned off to support the Virginia town's fire services. The rest of the ponies return to the island. It's the biggest day of the year for little Chincoteague, as tourists pour into town for the swim and auction, as well as related events, such as free showings of the "Misty" movie . For some spectators, the event was a dream come true, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Erin Cox, who was there for the day. "This has been my lifelong dream since I was 8 years old," Robin Dodge, 55, who drove from upstate New York with her husband, told Cox. Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron captured the event in pictures.
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By Dave Rosenthal | July 26, 2012
Tens of thousands of people turned out Wednesday for the annual Chincoteague wild pony swim, an event made famous by Marguerite Henry's novel, "Misty of Chincoteague. " About 175 ponies crossed Assateague Channel, and many are auctioned off to support the Virginia town's fire services. The rest of the ponies return to the island. It's the biggest day of the year for little Chincoteague, as tourists pour into town for the swim and auction, as well as related events, such as free showings of the "Misty" movie . For some spectators, the event was a dream come true, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Erin Cox, who was there for the day. "This has been my lifelong dream since I was 8 years old," Robin Dodge, 55, who drove from upstate New York with her husband, told Cox. Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron captured the event in pictures.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2011
The pony swim is a summertime tradition that's not to be missed. The wild ponies at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island — the Virginia portion of it — are rounded up for a swim across the channel to Chincoteague Island, where they will be herded down Main Street and auctioned off at the carnival grounds. The event takes place on the last Wednesday of July. The plan: The action starts at "slack tide," which can be any time between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., as the ponies swim across the Assateague Channel, south of Memorial Park on the east side of Chincoteague Island.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
— As the herd of wild ponies emerged on the horizon Wednesday morning, Robin Dodge looked across the water to see her childhood fantasy come true. More than 145 horses were poised at the Assateague Channel for the annual 75-yard swim, a tradition that has outlived most people on this tiny Virginia island. "This has been my lifelong dream since I was 8 years old," said Dodge, 55, who drove from upstate New York with her husband. Moments later, a voice crackled over the loudspeaker, assuring a crowd that would eventually swell to 40,000 that this was not a dream: "If you can hear me talking, you're here now. " Unlike petting Black Beauty, watching the Pony Swim of Chincoteague is a fantasy that can be lived in adulthood.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2011
Tomorrow is the annual summertime pony swim across the Assateague channel. The wild ponies that inhabit the Chincoteague, Va., portion of the Assateague Island National Seashore will be rounded up sometime around "slack tide" and herded across the water to the carnival grounds, where they will be auctioned off. It's a big event that draws thousands to the region every year. If you're in Ocean City, it's probably no more than a 90-minute drive or less to the southern end of the shore in Chincoteague, Va. (Tomorrow it may take longer depending on traffic, of course.)
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By Kate Godwin, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2012
Chincoteague, Va. Pony Swim Experience one of Chincoteague's oldest traditions at the annual Pony Penning and Carnival. On Wednesday, watch Chincoteague's own "saltwater cowboys" herd the island's wild ponies across the Assateague Channel to the carnival grounds in a world-famous pony roundup and parade. The next day, foals will be auctioned to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. Each night during the event, visitors can enjoy food, rides and games at a carnival between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Pony swim crosses Assateague Channel on the east side of Chincoteague Island.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
— As the herd of wild ponies emerged on the horizon Wednesday morning, Robin Dodge looked across the water to see her childhood fantasy come true. More than 145 horses were poised at the Assateague Channel for the annual 75-yard swim, a tradition that has outlived most people on this tiny Virginia island. "This has been my lifelong dream since I was 8 years old," said Dodge, 55, who drove from upstate New York with her husband. Moments later, a voice crackled over the loudspeaker, assuring a crowd that would eventually swell to 40,000 that this was not a dream: "If you can hear me talking, you're here now. " Unlike petting Black Beauty, watching the Pony Swim of Chincoteague is a fantasy that can be lived in adulthood.
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By Audrey Haar and Audrey Haar,Staff Writer | July 29, 1993
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. -- They came by the thousands, wading through the mud and baking for hours in the hot sun -- all for a glimpse of a five-minute spectacle that has become a rite of summer on the shore.By noon, 40,000 or more people lined the banks of the Assateague Channel as the first mares and colts stepped into the water for the annual Chincoteague pony swim.Among the crowd was 12-year-old Kristyn Crescent DiPane of Berlin, dreaming the same dream as so many children who have been entranced by Marguerite Henry's "Misty of Chincoteague."
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By Audrey Haar and Audrey Haar,Staff Writer | July 25, 1993
Chincoteague, Va.--Chincoteague loves its ponies.The annual pony swim from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island is the star attraction that draws crowds from around the world each July.Children arrive in town clutching their well-worn copies of the novel "Misty of Chincoteague" by Marguerite Henry. Volunteer firemen play cowboy and mount horses for the pony roundup. Spectators get to enjoy the show.Festivities for the pony swim start this morning when the horses that roam the Virginia side of Assateague Island are rounded up by about 40 cowboys and culminate with the pony swim Wednesday and a colt auction Thursday.
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By Marissa Miller, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2010
This week, thousands of visitors will converge on Chincoteague Island to watch as wild ponies swim 200 yards across the Assateague Island Channel. The annual pony swim takes all of about three minutes. For visitors to the area, that's a good thing. It leaves plenty of time to explore Chincoteague's other charms. I have vacationed on the island since childhood, having grown up in a family that never enjoyed crowded, popular beach destinations. For summer getaways, we opted for Chincoteague's quiet, wildlife-surrounded beaches.
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By Kate Godwin, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2012
Chincoteague, Va. Pony Swim Experience one of Chincoteague's oldest traditions at the annual Pony Penning and Carnival. On Wednesday, watch Chincoteague's own "saltwater cowboys" herd the island's wild ponies across the Assateague Channel to the carnival grounds in a world-famous pony roundup and parade. The next day, foals will be auctioned to raise money for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. Each night during the event, visitors can enjoy food, rides and games at a carnival between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Pony swim crosses Assateague Channel on the east side of Chincoteague Island.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2011
The pony swim is a summertime tradition that's not to be missed. The wild ponies at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island — the Virginia portion of it — are rounded up for a swim across the channel to Chincoteague Island, where they will be herded down Main Street and auctioned off at the carnival grounds. The event takes place on the last Wednesday of July. The plan: The action starts at "slack tide," which can be any time between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., as the ponies swim across the Assateague Channel, south of Memorial Park on the east side of Chincoteague Island.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2011
Tomorrow is the annual summertime pony swim across the Assateague channel. The wild ponies that inhabit the Chincoteague, Va., portion of the Assateague Island National Seashore will be rounded up sometime around "slack tide" and herded across the water to the carnival grounds, where they will be auctioned off. It's a big event that draws thousands to the region every year. If you're in Ocean City, it's probably no more than a 90-minute drive or less to the southern end of the shore in Chincoteague, Va. (Tomorrow it may take longer depending on traffic, of course.)
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