Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Carnival

Rides, games, 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.
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July 4
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:

 Pony 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

                Pony Swim Day   Wednesday
                 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
                 7:30 p.m. - Carnival attractions.
                 11:00 p.m. - Entertainment on stage.
                 (Entertainment schedule subject to change)
                 Extend your trip to Friday.  Ponies swim back to Assateague. Time to be announced.
Ponies return to Assateague Friday- Time to Be Announced

                 7:30 p.m. - Carnival opens - carnival attractions.
                 11:30 p.m. - Entertainment on stage.
                 (Entertainment schedule subject to change)

                 7:30 p.m. - Carnival opens - carnival attractions.
                 At the closing of the Carnival, drawings are made for prizes Separate tickets required for each drawing.

                You do not have to be present to win.


For more information please check the  CVFCChamber page  or the  The Beacon page

Auction Information
.  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.

Click here for Auction pictures      Pony Swim 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