food, live entertainment, raffles, and much more. Fun for the whole family.
Every Friday & Saturday in July. NO SUNDAYS. Proceeds benefit the Chincoteague
Volunteer Fire Department.
Click here for more information
Old-Fashioned Fireworks Display At Carnival Grounds
Celebrate Independence Day on Chincoteague---10:00 p.m.
The last Thursday in July is the Pony Auction starting at 8AM at the Carnival ground:
Swim & Auction
Sponsored by the Chincoteague Vol. Fire Co. The Swim & Auction are always held on the last Wednesday and Thursday of July.
The swim can be viewed from Memorial Park located on East Side Road. The auction is held at the Carnival Grounds located on South Main Street.
Auction hours: 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Pony Swim Schedule
For parking and shuttle bus information - click here (includes map with bus stops) Between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (the time can not be predicted exactly - dependent on tide, currents, and readiness of ponies) ponies swim
Assateague Channel at Chincoteague Memorial Park - east side of island. No charge by Fire Co. for parking or seeing ponies swim. After a brief rest, ponies are herded to Carnival Grounds.
The first colt to come ashore in the pony swim (King or Queen Neptune) will be given away at the carnival grounds. Time to be announced. You must have a ticket. You must be present to win.
6:30 p.m. - Entertainment on stage.
7:30 p.m. - Carnival attractions.
11:00 p.m. - Entertainment on stage.
(Entertainment schedule subject to change)
Auction Day Thursday
Pony Penning, Auction of Ponies
8:00 a.m. to 12 noon - Auction of Ponies (yearlings or younger) owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Co. Carnival attractions after the auction.6:30 p.m. - Entertainment on stage
You do not have to be present to win.
For more information please check the CVFC, Chamber page or the The Beacon page
. The auction starts at 8:00AM sharp, get there early to get a good seat (6:30 to7:00AM).
Be sure to bring sun protection and water, soda and water is sold at the event. A folding chair is good to have if you get there late. There is no registration for the auction, so be sure not to accidentally make a bid, if you do you will have to find a way to get your horse home in an approved horse trailer and you have to pay by cash, Visa or Mastercard.
here for Auction pictures
pictures from years past
Carnival Pictures from 2000
Chincoteague Ponies Enter the Carnival Video
Call or email the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce for more information: (757) 336-6161