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Ring In 2017 At Chincoteague’s Pony Island Horseshoe Drop!

December 10, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island's 2016 Pony Island Horseshoe DropCome to Chincoteague Island this New Year’s Eve and celebrate the passing of 2016 at the annual Pony Island Horseshoe Drop and Costume Promenade!

Chincoteague Island definitely knows how to throw a party and no date makes this more apparent than New Year’s Eve. The annual New Year’s Eve Concert, Pony Island Horseshoe Drop, and Costume Promenade see to that!

Honestly, though summer and the Pony Swims/Roundups see most of our traffic, many will tell you that the off-season is the best time to visit Chincoteague!

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Chincoteague Island Restaurant Week 2016 – A Taste of Chincoteague

September 9, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Taste of Chincoteague Island Restaurant Week 2016Come to Virginia’s eastern shore for Chincoteague Island Restaurant Week and treat your taste buds! October 1st through the 8th, 2016. Show up the evening of September 30th to kick off the week with an evening of fine food at “Taste of Chincoteague!”

Everyone knows Chincoteague Island for its wild ponies, saltwater cowboys, and wildlife. What about Chincoteague oysters? Ring any bells? You bet they do – and that’s not all. Our small island is BIG on taste, with numerous chefs and restaurants making their mark here on our shores.

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Attend the Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show

August 15, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car ShowTime for Chincoteague Island’s annual Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show is almost here: September 24th, 2016 on the Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds.

The annual Chili Chowder Cook-off is a favorite island get-together featuring fun, sun, food, music, and more. Sponsored by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, the event brings area chefs together in a competition to create the best chili or chowder. Each year sees amazing twists on these dishes, from the chef’s own ingenuity or family recipes handed down from generation to generation.

Attendees to the Chili Chowder Cook-off will be able to taste and help judge delicious variations of these two, classic comfort foods! Consequently, the judges – people like yourself – are the real winners!

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Don’t Miss Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2016!

June 13, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2016The Saltwater Cowboys of Chincoteague will be back in action, July 23rd through the 29th, 2016, when they round up the wild horses of Assateague Island for the 91st annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim!

The Chincoteague Island Pony Swim involves two separate herds of wild horses being rounded up and swum across the channel between Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. This unique, annual event allows for health checks for the ponies and an auctioning of the foals, in order to keep the herds at safe and manageable sizes. Further, proceeds from the auction sales go towards funding veterinary care for the ponies throughout the rest of the year.

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2nd Annual Ladies’ Floozie Flounder Tournament

May 13, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Ladies Floozie Flounder Tournament 2016Captain Bob’s 2nd annual Ladies’ Floozie Flounder Tournament, Chincoteague Island’s only fishing tournament for women, benefiting breast cancer education and research, is scheduled for June 10th, 11th, & 12th, 2016!

Fishing tournaments aren’t all that rare, even if you winnow it down to flounder fishing tournaments – but a Ladies only Floozie Flounder Tournament, now that’s something.

Captain Bob’s Marina has hosted their Flounder King Tournament for many years and, while it hasn’t been restricted to men only, the contestants have been predominantly male, despite the host of talented women fishers out there.

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Get Set For The 2016 Chincoteague Seafood Festival!

April 15, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Chincoteague Seafood FestivalTie on that bib and gird your tastebuds – the 2016 Chincoteague Seafood Festival is just around the corner, Saturday May 7, 2016!

A spring festival held annually since 1968, the 2016 Chincoteague Seafood Festival is part of an almost 50 year-old, Eastern Shore tradition that will have your tongue and tummy very happy, indeed. Fresh steamed “Little Neck” clams, single fried oysters, fish, shrimp, clam fritters, clam strips, raw oysters and clams, clam chowder, and more.

Not just seafood – not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you! – the 2016 Chincoteague Seafood Festival also provides grilled chicken, sweet potato fries and boardwalk fries, hushpuppies, a full salad bar, beer, and soft drinks.

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Attend the Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival

February 12, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art FestivalThe 37th Annual Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival, scheduled for March 25th through March 26th, 2016, will see local and national carvers exhibiting and selling their work during this Chincoteague Island tradition!

The Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival has been a local tradition for almost 40 years, now and it shows when you see the wide variety of absolutely beautiful, hand crafted art and crafts that are brought to our little island community’s spring event.

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Make A Splash at the 2016 Polar Pony Plunge

December 4, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Polar Pony Plunge 2016There are lots of great ways to celebrate the first day of the new year – but few are as invigorating and fun as Chincoteague Island’s annual Polar Pony Plunge!

2015 will very soon be making way for 2016 and one of the best ways to celebrate this yearly transition is by treating yourself to a Virginia Coast holiday getaway on Chincoteague Island.

Here on Chincoteague, we know how to do New Year’s Eve right, with the annual concert at the Island Theatre and the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop and Costume Promenade at midnight – followed the very next day by the Chincoteague Island Polar Pony Plunge.

Chincoteague Island is known for its swimming wild ponies but in this particular instance, the pony in question could be you. Please allow me to explain …

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Aw Shucks – It’s Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2015!

September 11, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2015All you can eat oysters on the half shell, steamed, single fried, fritters, and more at the Chincoteague Oyster Festival, October 10th, 2015 – Why argue with a 400 year-old tradition?

Wait – 400 years?

The first Chincoteague Oyster, so they say, occurred when the first boatload of Europeans to land on Chincoteague Island incidentally crashed a hapless Native American beach-feast of fresh oysters. Startled, the natives ran off, leaving the oysters. Instead of giving chase, the Europeans decided to … well, what would you do? Fresh oysters!

The popularity of this tale well surpasses the likelihood of its veracity, which explains why the 2015 Chincoteague Oyster Festival is numbered the 43rd annual instead of the 408th – but we’re talking fresh oysters, here – so why quibble? Your ancestors certainly didn’t …

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Sink Your Teeth Into Chincoteague Blueberry Festival 2015!

July 10, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Chincoteague Blueberry FestivalSummer is here and, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore that means it’s Chincoteague Blueberry Festival time!

The annual Chincoteague Blueberry Festival is a celebration of the humble, delicious, and surprisingly healthful little fruit that can be served in a myriad of ways: pies, cookies, jams, toppings, muffins, salads, ice cream, and – of course – fresh and raw: Yum – so good!

Food at the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival typically includes such mouthwatering favorites as fresh blueberry pancakes, jumbo blueberry muffins, blueberry pecan chicken salad sandwiches, greek salad with fresh blueberries, breakfast burrito, cheese and tomato quesadillas, grilled crab and avocado tacos, crab melt pitas, grilled burgers and brats, and – of course! – fresh blueberries and Sugarbakers’ wildly popular Ultimate Blueberry Pies. (these latter two items go FAST – pre-order berries from Dick Jones at: 540-273-2963 and Sugarbakers’ blueberry pies, whole or by the slice at 757-336-3712 if you actually hope to have some).

But the Chincoteague Blueberry Festival isn’t just a bunch of people standing around scarfing berries. It’s live music, delicious food, and the largest indoor-outdoor fine arts and crafts show on Virginia’s Eastern Shore with over 100 artisans from 12 states offering their handmade, one-of-a-kind wares for your shopping and browsing pleasure.

Held at the beautiful Chincoteague Center on Chincoteague Island every year on the weekend prior to the Chincoteague Pony Swim, the 2015 Chincoteague Blueberry Festival is a good time for all with a line-up of regional entertainers that are sure to keep your toes-tapping:

Friday, July 25th
9am – 1pm: Cole & Young – acoustic pop
12pm – 2pm: Gus the Bardic Troubadour – modern Irish folk

Saturday, July 26th
9am – 1pm: Hemlock Hollow – acoustic bluegrass and folk covers and originals
1pm – 3pm: Black Elvis – ’nuff said?.
2:30pm – 4:30pm: Winship Wheatley – originals and covers of top 40 favorites
3pm – 4:30pm: Rick James – acoustic country

Sunday, July 27th
9am – 11:15pm: Rick James – acoustic country
11:30am – 3:00pm: MoonStruck Music – boot-scootin’ country tunes
12pm – 3:15pm: Deedra Ervin – pop vocalist and recent Rising Star contestant
1pm – 4:30pm: Mike Hawker – folk, country, rock, blues, and bluegrass covers and originals

PLUS – it wouldn’t be Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival without the mind-boggling prestidigitation of Jamel the Magician!

The 28th Annual Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival

July 24th, 25th, & 26th, 2015
9am to 4:30pm each day

Chincoteague Center
6155 Community Drive, Chincoteague Island, VA
www.chincoteagueblueberryfestival.com

2015 Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival Lodging
Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast is proud to be a historic part of the Chincoteague community. Let us host your stay for the annual Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival – or any time!

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