the 93rd Chincoteague Pony Swim
What is the Chincoteague pony swim?
Spectators from around the world gather on Chincoteague Island every summer to watch the annual tradition of the Chincoteague Ponies swim across the Assateague Channel. The 2018 Chincoteague Pony Swim will be held on Wednesday, July 25.
This year will mark Chincoteague’s 93rd annual Pony Swim, based on Marguerite Henry’s novel, Misty of Chincoteague. The novel was published in 1947 and is now a Newbery Honor book. It was and remains a children’s classic. In 1961 a film, Misty, was based on the novel.
Regardless of whether you are a fan of the book/movie or have never had the opportunity to enjoy either of them, the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim is a great tradition you won’t want to miss! Here is a fun video of the event.
Top Things To Know About the 93rd Chincoteague Pony Swim
- This year’s Chincoteague Pony Swim will be held on Wednesday, July 25. Because it isearlier on the calendar than usual, it’s worth noting (and noting again!) Don’t let it sneak up on you.
- The expected swim time this year is sometime between 7 am and 1 pm, depending on when slack tide occurs.
- During the event, the Saltwater Cowboys will begin at Assateague Island and swim the ponies to Chincoteague Island. As is the custom, the ponies will travel across the Assateague Channel. Specifically, they will come ashore on Chincoteague Island’s east side.
- Thousands of people will gather for the event on Chincoteague Island. In other words, come early and expect a crowd. It’s an exciting day!
- Chincoteague provides a complimentary shuttle service that will begin at 4 in the morning and make multiple runs between various locations on the island and Veterans Park. Over the years, this has been the best way to get to the swim and experience in the event. Here’s a helpful shuttle map.
- The main area for public viewing is Veterans Memorial Park, (located at 7427 Memorial Park Drive, Chinconteague Island). A live feed of the swim will be projected on a large screen, so you won’t miss a thing.
- Important to note: no seating will be provided. So, be sure to bring your own chairs or quilts!
- The event takes place on one morning, but various events – including the Chincoteague Fireman’s Carnival – will be open each day and night from Monday to Saturday. This fun week of events includes games, raffles, rides and food. Admission is free.
- Arguably the best view for the pony swim is on a charter boat. A few spots are available, but act fast or plan to act even faster next year.
- The first foal to reach shore will be named the king or queen, and will be given away during a raffle drawing later on Wednesday.
One other important note. While you’re out and about enjoying your summer, stop and see us here at Gull Creek. We are a vibrant senior living community with a big heart and a small town feel. Come see our wide variety of retirement lifestyle offerings and sample our many exciting services and amenities for yourself. Stop by or call us today; we’d love to meet you!