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Museum of Chincoteague – Delve Into the Island’s Rich History

February 9, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Misty of Chincoteague at the Museum of Chincoteague

Misty of Chincoteague at the Museum of Chincoteague
photo: brownpau

Most folks know about Misty of Chincoteague but that’s not all there is to know about Chincoteague Island. Come dig into our rich and often surprising past at the Museum of Chincoteague.

Marguerite Henry really put Chincoteague Island on the map when “Misty of Chincoteague” was published in 1947.

Her children’s story about the very real herds of wild ponies that still live on Assateague Island spawned sequels, a movie, and legions of fans. People still come to Chincoteague because of Misty and, of course, the wild ponies of Assateague.

Quite a few are excited to learn they can see the actual Misty – and her foal, Stormy – during their visit. Both are on display at the Museum of Chincoteague!

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Chincoteague New Year’s Eve – Pony Island Horseshoe Drop

December 7, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague New Years Eve 2018Hard as it may be to believe, the last day of the year is less than a month away and that means the annual Pony Island Horseshoe Drop. Come join us this year as we celebrate Chincoteague New Year’s Eve 2018!

We know how to have fun here on Chincoteague Island, a fact that is doubly true on New Year’s Eve. Instead of clustering around a television set to watch the ball drop in Times Square, we dress up in crazy costumes and watch the horseshoe drop in Robert Reed Waterfront Park!

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Fishing, Clamming, and Crabbing Chincoteague Island

July 22, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Fishing, Clamming, and Crabbing Chincoteague IslandChincoteague Island is surrounded by some of the best fishing grounds on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. In fact, fishing, clamming, and crabbing Chincoteague are some of our island’s popular activities!

When most people think of Chincoteague Island, visions of wild ponies tend to fill their heads – and why not? The annual Chincoteague Island pony swim is a very unique and special thing – but it’s hardly the only reason to visit Chincoteague Island!

Chincoteague was once known for its unique, salty oysters. While “Chincoteague Salts,” as they’re known, are still sought after, most of the currently rebounding local oyster beds were over-fished during the 19th century. Today we’re more known for our fishing, clamming, and crabbing.

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Don’t Miss the 2017 Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival!

May 12, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival 2017Come out to Chincoteague Island for the rides, games, fun, and food that make up the annual Volunteer Fireman's Carnival! Open every Friday and Saturday from June 24th to July 30th, 2017!

Summer! After spring, is there any other season more welcome? The warmth and light, the activity, and all the great things to see and do that make up the season. One annual summer event that’s a favorite around these parts is the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival, held every year through the month of July.

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2015 Chincoteague Flounder Tournament

May 9, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Chincoteague Flounder TournamentYou know it’s spring when you start to hear people talking excitedly about the upcoming Chincoteague Flounder Tournament. Captain Bob’s Marina Flounder King Tournament is scheduled for May 22 – 31, 2015. Will you be here?

An annual event that brings regional anglers out of the woodwork, Captain Bob’s Chincoteague Flounder Tournament offers cash prizes to anglers with the greatest total daily weight of three fish or less, along with a couple of other special categories – such as heaviest flounder of the tournament.

Registration is easy and reasonably priced – only $25! – so, if you feel you’ve a way with the rod and the fishes, get yourself to the 2015 Chincoteague Flounder Tournament.

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Get Set for the 2015 Spring Pony Roundup!

March 14, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Spring Pony Roundup 2015

It’s almost time for Chincoteague’s Saltwater Cowboys to collect the wild ponies of Assateague Island for their annual veterinary check: the 2015 Spring Pony Roundup! Will you be here to see it?

Chincoteague’s 2015 Spring Pony Roundup is scheduled for April 10th and 11th this year. A set of annual veterinary checks to assess the general health of the herd, especially that of any new foals, the pony roundups are also a chance for you to come and watch!

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2014 Chincoteague Seafood Festival

April 13, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Chincoteague Seafood FestivalSpringtime on Chincoteague Island means the return of lots of things but one of the best is fresh seafood and the Chincoteague Seafood Festival!

Chincoteague Island’s community started out as a small fishing village and, to this day, some of the best Mid-Atlantic Coast fishing waters are right here, around the island. This time of year, local anglers bring in a variety of fish, including striped bass, drumfish, and flounder. Throw in Little Neck clams and Chincoteague oysters and you have yourself the makings of a feast!

The Chincoteague Seafood Festival is a 46 year-old tradition here on the island and

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Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival 2013 – Go Ahead and Be Shellfish

September 26, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

2013 Chincoteague Island Oyster FestivalIt’s fall and that means it’s purt-near time for the Chincoteague Island Oyster Festival!

Now, this a tradition going so far back that, in 1607 (or so the story goes), the island’s Native American inhabitants were interrupted from one of these ocean-side, seafood feasts by the very first Englishmen to set foot on the islands. Of course, said invaders, watching the backs of the retreating, frightened natives, must have thought to themselves: “Gee, it sure would be a sin to let all of the wonderful seafood here in this pit go to waste … “

Oyster season begins this time of year and the glory of the oyster beds of Chincoteague and Assateague are woven throughout the region’s history. Ever since the area’s oceanic bounty was first discovered, seafood has been an integral part of the island inhabitant’s survival and commerce. Seafood harvests made up the bulk of our economy until well into the 20th century and continues to be one of the perks of being here so, of course, let’s celebrate!

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