As with most smaller, island communities, we like to do things our own way here on Chincoteage Island. The Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade on New Year’s Eve is an example of that and another is the New Year’s Day, Polar Pony Plunge on Chincoteage Island.
Come New Year’s Day afternoon – January 1st, 2014 at 1:14pm (get it?) – you are given the opportunity to display your intestinal fortitude by taking the Polar Pony Plunge. That or you can display your sanity and enthusiasm for those crazy enough to take the aforementioned Polar Pony Plunge.
In an echo of the Costume Promenade from the night before, revelers are encouraged to dress up in crazy costumes and – you see it coming – jump right into the frigid, Atlantic waters off Assateague Beach. That is, unless it is too cold, of course. If it is -11 degrees or colder, dipping will be restricted to singular body parts, as the danger of hypothermia is too great to risk for a full plunge at those temperatures.
What better way to start the New Year than jumping into icy ocean waters while dressed like a goon? They say it’s invigorating. I’m content to simply nod and take their word for it – but that’s just me. As you can see in the video below from a previous year’s event, plenty of folks find the notion quite exciting!
Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in many categories and you can buy a Polar Pony Plunge t-shirt for $20. Jumping into the ocean is free, however: if you do decide to participate, you’ll need to read and sign the Plunge Waiver and Release Form.
Too sane to take the Polar Pony Plunge on Chincoteage Island? No worries – we can dig it. The event would be no fun without witnesses, so feel free to stand by with your camera, your cheers, and your New Year’s Day hangover – you earned it.