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an you feel the excitement? You’re on the quaint island paradise that is Chincoteague Island, Va! Home of the world famous Chincoteague Ponies. There is so much to see and do, or just relax in the midst of the quiet island charm. While the Ocean side of the island beckons for fun in the sun, the bayside offers breath taking sunsets on the water. There are savory restaurants, island tours, fun places and adventure for the whole family just a shells toss from the door of your vacation spot. To find out more, just turn the pages of this book. It’s going to be a great vacation! On behalf of the staff of Inside Chincoteague, let the fun begin!


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Contents 11 12 14 16 28 34 38 40 46 48 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 74 76

Important Numbers Getting Around Town Island Map Insider Notes Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Beach Safety Area Happenings Adventure Museum of Chincoteague NASA Wallops Visitor Center Shopping History & Culture Pony Penning The Firemen’s Carnival USCG Sector Field Office Dining Island Treats Lodging A Coastal Haven Day Trip - Smith Island Shore Wedding

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Insider Notes The Health Benefits of Sunshine Ahh...The Smell of the Ocean Rip Currents Along the Wrack Line Carnival Dates 2019 Avoiding Carnival/Park Meltdown 10

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The LOVE Chairs Crabbing The 2019 Inside Chincoteague Cover Pony Misty of Chincoteague Assateague Lighthouse

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Index of Advertisers A sincere “thank you� to our sponsors. Please visit their businesses, they helped make this book possible.


Beach Bay Realty 72 Best Western 42 Chincoteague Center 43 Chincoteague Island Outfitters 3 Chincoteague Resort Vacations 71 Comfort Suites 41 Daisey Island Cruises 30 Delmarva Unleashed 39 Dockside Properties 53 Island Butterfly Jewelery & Jubilee 12 Island Chiropractic Center 65 Island Creamery 72 Holiday Cottages 71 Key West Cottages 72 Kylan Barn 52 Main Street Merchants BC Marina Bay Suites 44 Maui Jacks 2 Meghan O. Oliver - Long & Foster 44 Museum of Chincoteague 82 Pooch Palooza Dog Festival 73 Refuge Inn 63 Ropewalk 70 Seaside Vacations 44 Smith Island Cruises 53 Sundial Books 42 The Bike Depot 73 Waterside Inn 53 Wine Cheese & More 45 Worcester Tourism

The Numbers Emergency Services : 911

AAA Emergency Road Service - 800-222-4357 Alcoholics Anonymous - 410-219-2117 Atlantic General Hospital - 410-641-1100 Riverside Memorial Hospital - 757-302-2140 Beach Patrol - 410-629-6094 Cape May Lewes Ferry - 800-64-FERRY Chincoteague Center (Community) - 757-336-0614 Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce - 757-336-6161 Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company (non-emergencies) 757-336-3138 Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge - 757-336-6122 Coast Guard- Chincoteague (emergency) - 757-336-2855 Emergency Medical Services - 757-336-3138 Island Library - 757-336-3460 Marine Police Dispatch - 757-336-3460 Poison Control Center - 800-222-1222 Post Office - 757-336-2934 Police 757-336-3155 Public Works - 757-336-3366 Town Office 757-336-6519 Recreation and Parks, 125th St. - 410-250-0125 Virginia State Police - 800-582-8350 Western Union - 800-325-6000

Lost or Stolen Credit Cards Discover - 800-347-2683 Master Card - 800-826-2181 Visa - 800-336-8472

Lost or Stolen Travelers Checks Am Ex. - 800-528-4800 Mastercard - 800-223-7373 Traveler's Cheque - 800-645-6556 Visa - 800-227-6811

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6295 Teal Ln., Chincoteague, VA

Pooch Palooza Dog Festival April 27 & 28 Frontier Town Western Theme Park, Berlin, MD An annual event each spring!

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Just 25 cents per ride! No Alcohol, No Tobacco & No Pets Exact change appreciated

About the Trolley The Pony Express is a seasonal trolley service provided by the Town of Chincoteague, Virginia. This service is open to the public and follows fixed routes covering most of the island including many of the motels, restaurants, shops, parks, recreational areas, ice cream parlors, and campgrounds. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) public transportation option is available. Please see below for details. All trolleys are equipped with wheelchair lifts. ADA Public Transportation Option: The Pony Express provides a deviated fixed route curb to curb trolley service. The trolley may deviate up to 3/4 mile range from the route alignment to collect or drop off certified passengers who have requested the deviation. To qualify for the ADA deviation option, you must apply and be certified. Applications are available at the Town of Chincoteague office in person or by mail. Certifications from other communities will be accepted. The operator complies with all ADA rules and regulations. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) trips will be arranged where logistically possible. We ask that your request for service, after certification, be made at least 2 hours in advance of your desired departure time. The fare for ADA deviated route riders is 50 cents (or 2 tokens). The Town office is open 8 AM to 5 PM. After normal business hours, please contact the Pony Express. Town of Chincoteague, Inc. - 757-336-6519 The Pony Express - 757-854-8572 (After 5:00 pm)

Island Trolley Stops

For your convenience, Pony Express stops are located throughout the Island. Look for our Trolley Stop signs.

2019 Trolley Schedule The Pony Express operates on Saturdays during the month of May and through the first weekend in June. The trolley runs all weekend, Memorial Day Weekend. Daily service begins June 8, 2019 and run through September 14, 2019. Weekend service resumes on Friday & Saturdays through October, 12 2019.

Green Route (Primary Route) Evening Hours Only - Starts 5:00 p.m. Pine Grove

5:02 Maddox Blvd. & Deep Hole Rd. 5:05 Main & Church St. 5:08 Beebe Rd. & Ridge Rd 5:13 Memorial Park 5:17 Pony Centre 5:21 Museum of Chincoteague Island 5:25

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Green Route Designated “FREE Rides� courtesy of the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce May 4th - Seafood Festival - 10 am - 11 pm (Ride FREE 10 am - 5 pm) September 28th - Chilli Chowder Cook Off - 10 am - 10:30 pm October 12th - Oyster Festival - 10 am -10:30 pm (Ride FREE 10 am - 5 pm)

Red Route (15 minute intervals) Evening Hours Only - Starts 5:15 p.m. Pine Grove






High School - Call in (757) 854-8570 Main & Church St. Beebe Rd. & Ridge Rd Memorial Park Museum of Chincoteague Island

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Carnival, Pony Swim, Pony Auction, Pony Swim Back- Extended Hours July 4th - Fireworks 5 pm - Midnight July 24th - Pony Swim - TBA - Midnight July 25th - Pony Auction - 7 am - 1 pm July 26th - Pony Swim Back - 6 am -1 pm Last Call for Trolley during Carnival is 11 pm

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The Health Benefits of Sunshine by Kathyrn Boothryod

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e wait in eager anticipation all winter for beautiful summer weather, only to be scare-mongered back under cover amidst fears of skin cancer, premature aging, and sunstroke upon its arrival! Many people love the sunshine but are just too frightened to enjoy it because of the amount of negative media coverage in circulation. However, exposure to natural sunlight has several positive effects on our health. The production of vitamin D Sunlight is the only natural source of vitamin D available to the human body. It is produced when the sunlight reacts with cholesterol naturally found in our skin and converts it into this essential vitamin. Vitamin D has the benefit of increasing the absorption of calcium within our bodies, promoting strong and healthy bones, lessening the possibility of developing osteoarthritis. Of course, dietary supplements of vitamin D are an option, but this isn’t an ideal alternative to natural sunlight – the body will produce the exact amount of vitamin D required from sunshine exposure, rather than receiving a specific amount in the form of a capsule – plus it’s free! Benefits the skin There is no denying that with moderate exposure to the sun, the skin is left with a healthy-looking, glowing complexion. The sun does dry skin out though. Much in the same way as we keep our bodies hydrated in hot weather, it is also essential to keep the skin hydrated with a good moisturizer, day and night. The risk of sunburn during any exposure to the sun is inevitable, so a good sunscreen is essential. This is no reason to avoid sunlight, however, as a lightly tanned skin develops a slight resistance to the sun and will be less prone to burning as easily.

In addition to boosting radiance, many skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, and athletes foot can often benefit, if not entirely clear up following regular and moderate doses of sunshine – the sun has amazing healing properties, and what better excuse is there for a spot of sensible sunbathing! Promotes the feel-good factor It's true, a sunny day makes us all feel better! Studies have shown that sunshine increases the number of endorphins released by our brain, giving us that magical feelgood factor. Endorphins are the same chemical released by our brain that makes us feel good after exercise too; however, half an hour in the sun is a far more appealing option! Can Ease Painful Joints Sufferers of painful joints and unpleasant conditions such as arthritis can often find some relief from their pain by enjoying regular exposure to sunlight. Nature’s sunny pain reliever can often be as effective as prescribed medications for pain relief. Aids Sleep Regular exposure to sunshine not only makes us feel good throughout the day but also helps us to fall asleep at night. The heat of the sunlight relaxes us; the rays of the sunshine trigger a chemical reaction – an increase in the production of melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the body that helps us to fall asleep, and stay asleep. Sunny days need to be enjoyed in moderation. It is essential we regularly apply the appropriate sunscreen to protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays emitted by the sun – with the use of care and common-sense, there is no reason not to enjoy a great day at the beach! Inside Chincoteague 2019


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ccording to Benjamin Wolfe, Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Tufts University, that wonderful "beach" smell we love so much comes from "death, reproduction, and fish food." Not to ruin that wonderful experience of breathing in the ocean air, but it is interesting that scientist now know just what we are smelling and it's a combination of things happening on an ongoing basis in the ocean environment. Wolfe says that, "one of the most common and best-understood components of seashore aroma is dimethyl sulfide (DMS). The stinky sulfur compound puts the funk in everything from nori, to truffles, to beer." he continues. The DMS is produced by bacteria which consume a microscopic phytoplankton living in the sea. When they die, they burst open sending out the pungent smell to hungry seabirds and other ocean life, identifying areas rich in plankton and subsequently full of tasty plankton-feeding fish. Pheromones released by seaweeds are also believed to contribute to the "beach odor," says Wolfe. Scientist observed that seaweed eggs produced a large number of isolated chemical compounds, that seaweed sperm were highly attracted to. These aromatic pheromones contribute to the aroma profiles of edible seaweeds too, according to Wolfe. Lastly, scientist says that ocean creatures take on the smell of what they eat, in specific bromophenols. Biologist have shown that fish that spend time in both fresh and ocean waters, such as the Pacific Salmon, show high levels of bromophenols when they are caught in ocean water, and almost none when caught in fresh water. Certainly, lends a lot to the theory that you are what you eat, even in the ocean. In short, scientist believe that the wonderful, rejuvenating ocean smell is merely the result of a combination of several natural biological everyday ocean processes. Inside Chincoteague 2019


Rip Currents We all love our summer vacations at the beach. The sun, sand, and surf are something that we look forward to all year long. The ocean is so restorative. However, it's also a force of nature, and depending on the day there could be a dangerous force lurking in the sea; Rip Currents. These rip currents are narrow channels of fast-moving water that are very powerful. Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves; they most often form at low spots or breaks in the sandbars. They can be found along most coasts of the United States, including the East, Gulf, and West Coasts. Rips can also be seen along the shores of the Great Lakes. The term "rip current" is often confused with "riptides," but the two are unique occurrences. A riptide is a specific current that describes that swift movement of tidal water through the mouth of estuaries, harbors, and inlets. Rip currents can be as narrow as 10 or 20 feet in width, though they may be up to ten times wider. The length of the rip current also varies. Rip currents begin to slow down as they move offshore, beyond the breaking waves, but sometimes extend for hundreds of feet beyond the surf zone.

According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association (USLA), more than 80 percent of the surf beach rescues, performed by lifeguards, each year, involve rip currents.

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Rip currents are not always easy to identify. Quickly changing wave heights, which occur when a large set of swells rolls in, can trigger a rip current. Some visual signs that may indicate the presence of a rip current include a break in the pattern of

How to Identify Rip Currents

Look for any of these clues: • a channel of churning, choppy water • an area having a notable difference in water color • a line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily seaward • a break in the incoming wave pattern

incoming waves, choppy water, seaweed or debris moving steadily seaward, a channel of churning choppy water, or an area where the water appears to be a different color from the surrounding water. The risk of rip currents is determined by many factors, including weather, tides, local variations in beach shape and how waves break offshore. Some beaches may have rip currents nearly all the time, while other beaches almost never see the dangerous flows. Even if you don't spot any of these signs, a rip current could still be present. The United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) recommends wearing polarized sunglasses to see these ocean features more clearly. Why Rip Currents are Dangerous Rip currents are the leading hazard for all beach-goers. They pose the most significant risk to those that are weak or non-swimmers. Typically rip current speeds are 1-2 feet per second, but there have been speeds as high as 8 feet per second recorded; faster than an Olympic swimmer! What to Do If You Find Yourself In A Rip Current Rips are fast-moving currents of water that can that can even grab a hold of the strongest swimmer and begin to pull them away from the shore. Your initial instinct is to try and counter the rip current by swimming straight back to the beach. However, this approach can put you at risk of drowning from fatigue, as you try to fight the flow. If you do find yourself caught in a rip current, there are a couple of things that you can do to get out. If you are a strong enough swimmer you can try and swim out of the current in a direction that follows the shoreline; “swim with the current.” Once you are free, you can then begin to swim back to shore. If you are unable to get yourself out of the current, you can float or tread water until the current has stopped. If neither of these options works, then wave your arms and call out for help. The potential for rip currents is a prime reason to "keep your feet in the stand until the guard is in the stand!" If you are on the beach and happen to spot someone that is caught in a rip current, the first thing to do is get help from a lifeguard. If there is not a lifeguard available, call 911. It is never a good idea to try and rescue the person yourself unless it is a last resort. There is always a chance that you too could end up caught in the rip current and become a victim as well. If you do decide that you need to help the person immediately make sure that you have someone sort of flotation device with you; a raft, bodyboard or a life preserver. Try to toss the flotation device to the victim without getting too close to the current. You could also try to yell instruction to the person in distress on how to try and escape the rip current. To keep yourself safe when visiting the beach this summer, it is always a good idea to check the latest National Weather Service forecast for your local beach conditions. When you arrive at the beach, you can always ask one of the lifeguards about the chance of encountering a rip current that day and also learn of any other hazards that may be present, such as jellyfish.

One or more of the above clues may indicate the presence of rip currents. Rip currents are often not readily or easily identifiable to the average beach goer. For your safety, be aware of this major surf zone hazard. Polarized sunglasses make it easier to see the rip current clues provided above.

How to Avoid and Survive Rip Currents Learn how to swim! • Never swim alone. • Be cautious at all times, especially when swimming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt, don’t go out! • Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard protected beach. • Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. • If caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly. • Don’t fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim towards shore. • If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore. • If you are still unable to reach the shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help. • If you see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1. Throw the rip current victim something that floats and yell instructions on how to escape. Remember, many people drown while trying to save someone else from a rip current. Inside Chincoteague 2019


Along the Wrack Line "Wrack," is the tangled mass of seaweed found on beaches around the world. It washes in with the high tide and lingers long after the waters recede.


xploring the shoreline can be quite an adventure, particularly after a major storm has come through the area. As the sea churns and the winds howl, treasures from the sea floor travel to the shore just waiting to be discovered by eager beach-combers. This chart offers a glimpse at just a few of the unique finds along the wrack line at Eastern Shore beaches. 20

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"The Mermaid Purse" - Skate Case Skate are relatives of sharks and rays and look similar to the latter. Their skeleton is composed of cartilage and their body is flat with large pectoral fins. Embryo's in these cases take up to 12 weeks to develop and are a fully developed juvenile when they hatch. If the purse you find is still very moist, hold it up to the sun and see if you can see the developing embryo. If you're on the beach during an overcast day, the flashlight on your cell phone will serve the same purpose. Simply hold it behind the case for the same explorative effect. After your peak into the tiny skates world, please toss the "purse" back into the ocean so the tike can continue to grow into a healthy adult. If the purse has already dried in the sun, it's ok to add to your sand bucket collection of great finds!

Mature Skate

"The Mermaid Necklace" - Whelk Casing Whelks, such as this knobbed whelk, which are common along the Delmarva Beaches are carnivores and scavenger snails that typically live in deeper waters. These sea type snails reproduce in the Spring and Fall of each year, near the Shoreline, producing these paper-like chains of egg cases. Each capsule can contain up to 100 eggs and chains can be comprised of well over 100 capsules in length. Young whelks will emerge at about 4 mm in length ready to take on the sea. If you find a dried case, separate one of the capsules and hold it to the light to see the whelks inside. If the casing is genuinely sun-dried, you can open the case to see the tiny occupants.

Sea Glass -While sea glass finds are typically plentiful along the

more tropical beaches, you can occasionally find a hidden gem on the Delmarva Wrack Line. While we would never encourage you to toss glass in the sea, you can find broken pieces of past negligence that have been transformed into beautiful soft colored treasures. After sometimes, years of tumbling in the surf with the sand as a grit, old glass fragments are transformed into a variety of unique sizes and shapes. A collection in a clear glass container can make beautiful room decor to remind you of the beach every day. Start your collection today and scout to add accents each year you visit! Inside Chincoteague 2019


Carnival Presented by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


f you're visiting the Island in July, your vacation is not complete without a visit to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival for rides, games, food, and fun! It's a traditional small-town carnival, with so much more than burgers and fires. Carnival fare includes delicious oyster fritters, clam chowder, raw mollusks an more. There is surely something for everyone in the entire family to savor. When you've experienced the thrill of the rides, enjoy the live entertainment, including bands and comedians. You can also try your luck at the Bingo which offers some outstanding prizes! The annual carnival coincides with world famous Chincoteague Pony Penning and is part of the local fire departments efforts to raise their needed funds each year to serve the community they protect. Attending is a fun way to support an outstanding organization and will provide a memorable night of vacation.

2019 Dates & Times Friday, June 28 - Saturday, June 29 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 03 - Saturday, July 06 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Friday, July12 - Saturday, July 13 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Friday, July 19 - Saturday, July 20 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Monday, July 22 - Saturday, July 27 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. 22

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Avoiding the Carnival Meltdown We've all been to the carnival, amusement or water park and witnessed the total meltdown of the kid who is not tall enough to get on the ride. It's no fun for anyone.

The well-intended parent who immediately comes to the child's defense requesting the "one exception," and the poor park employee who now has to not only enforce park rules, but try to defuse an out of control child and an irate parent. "But his birthday is next week!" "But he's almost tall enough!" "No one will know..." There is nothing personal going on here, it all comes down to state law and insurance regulations. While I have personally seen some tall 11-year-olds, there is no wiggle room when it comes to insurance company rules. It's all about the facts. It only takes the one kid who is just 1/2 inch short or whose real, underage date of birth, shows up on a medical report, submitted to insurance, that will revoke the carnival’s license to operate. You have to understand that the proprietor is enforcing the rules to keep his business open. Honestly, you have to commend them on following the standards for everyone's safety. Avoiding the scene is easy, particularly in today's world. Simply visit the website of the carnival or park you wish to visit and scout age/size appropriate rides ahead of time. Arrive with a plan! If the fun is spur of the moment, quickly review the information posted at the gate or ticket booth and steer your child toward age/size appropriate rides. When the topic of the "big" ride/flume comes up, and it will, let your child know that it's not an option for today. Perhaps there might be a return trip in the future which will afford the opportunity to ride. Keep the conversation moving forward, and on a positive note, so there is no room for argument, and a meltdown doesn't ensue. There's always next summer and something to look forward too!

The“LOVE” Chairs “Virginia is for Lovers," Virginia's long-time tourism slogan, manifests at Richard Reed Downtown Park, in the form of 4 giant Adirondack chairs which spell the

word "LOVE." Each chair is over 10 feet tall and weighs more than 500 pounds. The chairs are part of a tourism promotion that offers visitors the photographic backdrop for sharing on social media. Relocated from Kiptopeke State Park in May of 2012, the chairs provide an excellent keepsake photo of your visit to the Island. #LOVEVA There is also a live feed camera housed on the front of the town library so you can wave to the friends back home! — Main St. Chincoteague Island

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Crabbing The waters around Chincoteague are rich in seafood and the delectable Blue Crab. While it's simple to walk into one of our seafood markets and order a freshly steamed

bushel, 1/2 bushel or just a 1/2 dozen; you might want to try your hand at catching them while you're in town. There will be equipment required, such as a crab net, string or crab trap and something to contain the crabs in, if you plan to take them to your rental for steaming. It's also fun to enjoy as a catch and release activity with the family; depends on your objectives. We suggest that you visit one of the area outfitters, for your supplies. There are size requirements for "keepers." If it's not 5 inches across the shell, from point to point, it will have to go back in the water. Be sure that a ruler is part of your "gear!" Virginia law allows no more than 1 bushel of crabs per day, for personal consumption only. If you're enjoying a condo during your stay, you will most likely have a steam pot in your kitchen. A word of warning for everyone enjoying the activity, those pinchers are sharp, and if they grab your finger they like to hang on!


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he 2019 Chincoteague Cover Pony is Kimball’s Rainbow Delight, often called "Rainy," or "Rainbow Delight." She is a chestnut pinto (tobiano) mare with a star and four socks. Rainy was foaled May 9, 2006, and wears the brand “06.” Rainy was auctioned, as a foal during Pony Penning, as a "buyback" for the price of $3100 by Mary and Norman Kimball.

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isty of Chincoteague is a children's novel written by Marguerite Henry, illustrated by Wesley Dennis, and published by Rand McNally in 1947. Set in the island town of Chincoteague, the book tells the story of the Beebe family and their efforts to raise a filly born to a wild pony. The fictional story has become world famous and is said to be in part responsible for the explosive growth of Pony Penning. Misty, the real pony, was foaled in 1946 on the Beebe farm on the island. You can see her footprints when you visit the historic Chincoteague movie theater, Island Roxy, located at 4074 Main Street. The hoof prints are on the sidewalk in front of the building. You can also see Misty herself, preserved via taxidermy, at the Museum of Chincoteague located at 7125 Maddox Blvd. The movie Misty of Chincoteague, filmed in 1961, shows daily at 11:00 a.m. during Pony Penning.

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ssateague Light is the 142-foot-tall lighthouse located on the southern end of Assateague Island. You can find the lighthouse in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge after crossing the Assateague Channel. It is owned and maintained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and operated by the U.S. Coast Guard. The lighthouse is still used as an active aid in maritime navigation. The "keeper's quarters" are also used today and serve as seasonal housing for temporary refuge employees, volunteers, and interns. The beacon was constructed in 1867 to replace a shorter lighthouse which was only 45-foot-tall and built in 1833. Renovations, totaling over $1.5 million, were completed in October of 2013. Improvements included the replacement of the lower gallery deck, removal & replacement of glass, restoration of the widow's walk and exterior paint.

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge


From the National Park Service

ssateague Island is a 37 mile long island along the coasts of Maryland and Virginia. Most of the Maryland district is managed by the National Park Service as Assateague Island National Seashore. The State of Maryland manages two miles of the Maryland district as Assateague State Park. The Virginia district is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The National Park Service operates the Toms Cove Visitor Center and a recreational beach within the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Most of the refuge is located on the Virginia end of Assateague Island; however, 418 acres are on the Maryland side of the island, 427 acres are found on Morris Island, and 546 acres comprise Wildcat Marsh on the northern tip of Chincoteague Island. Additionally, Chincoteague Refuge’s boundaries extend south and encompass all or part of the following barrier islands: Assawoman, Metompkin, and Cedar. The refuge’s location along the Atlantic Flyway makes it a vital resting and feeding spot for a large number and diversity of birds. Chincoteague Refuge, originally established in 1943 to provide habitat for migratory birds (with an emphasis on conserving greater snow geese), today provides habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and song birds, as well as other species of wildlife and plants. Refuge staff manage this barrier island habitat to allow many species of wildlife to co-exist, each establishing their own place in the environment. Refuge management programs restore threatened and endangered species and conserve local wildlife and plants. The refuge also provides wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting, wildlife photography and observation, interpretation, and environmental education.


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Visitor Activities


hincoteague Refuge is one of the most visited refuges in the nation, receiving approximately 1.5 million visits each year. A variety of wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities are available on the refuge. Opportunities include: A host of exhibits, displays, brochures, and wildlife-oriented programs and films are available to visitors. Refuge staff and volunteers are available to answer questions and help plan activities. A variety of paved trails are open to hikers and/or bicyclists. These trails include the Freshwater Marsh, Woodland, Black Duck, Swan Cove, and Lighthouse Trails as well as the Wildlife Loop. The Wildlife Loop is also open to vehicles after 3:00 pm. The Lighthouse Trail offers visitors an up-close view of the historic Assateague Lighthouse. Surf fishing is a popular refuge activity: after-hours permits are available for those who wish to surf fish at night. Fishing and crabbing are also permitted in Swan Cove and other designated areas. Shellfishing is permitted in Toms Cove. Big game, waterfowl, and rail hunting are available by permit during designated periods and only in certain areas. Off-road vehicling is permitted on a small section of the beach, which is subject to unexpected closures due to overwash or nesting species. Permits are required and are available at refuge headquarters, Toms Cove Visitor Center or by mail. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service encourages you to enjoy your visit, but remember, protecting wildlife, plants, and their habitats is the priority. Regulations exist for the welfare of wildlife, as well as for your safety. Please read and comply with the following list of regulations. Please note that the list is not all inclusive; therefore, remember that if an activity is not listed in a brochure or on a sign as being allowed, then it is not. Please remember to obey posted speed limits, as wildlife is often seen near roads. Help protect habitat by parking only in designated areas, not on road shoulders. Inside Chincoteague 2019


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Lifeguards On Duty 10am to 5pm Memorial Day thru October


ssateague Lifeguards provide proactive lifeguard services from Memorial day until October. For a safe recreational experience, locate near an on duty lifeguard and swim within the boundaries of the red over yellow flags. When swimming outside the lifeguard area or during off duty hours, take extra precaution by wearing a life-jacket. On average, Assateague Lifeguards make 78 ocean rescues, provide 73 first aids, find 31 missing persons and make over 8000 safety contacts and enforcement actions a year. We have achieved the goal of zero drowning within the lifeguard area since the establishment of these operations!

Safety Advice • Swim near an on duty lifeguard • Learn to swim • Swim with a buddy • Wear a coastguard approved life-jacket • Check the depth before you dive


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Beach Safety

Lifeguards — Introduce your child to the lifeguard on your beach.

Explain to them that if they get lost, go to the nearest lifeguard and tell them that they are lost. The lifeguards will help family members reunite.

Sunscreen — Remember to apply sunscreen with

a minimum of SPF 30, thirty minutes before going outdoors and again every two hours even if your sunscreen is waterproof. Apply sunscreen to your whole body; your bathing suit can move and expose unprotected skin. There is no such thing as all-day protection. Sunburn is the most common injury that happens to people at the beach. A blistering sunburn during adolescence doubles the chance of developing skin cancer later in life.

Fluids — When you are outside in warm weather, your body needs plenty of water. Remember to drink lots of water even if you are not thirsty. Dehydration can be a serious problem, so drink plenty of liquids. Water is best.

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to swim, don’t go in the water!

If you don’t know how

Never dive headfirst into the water!

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The Unsecured Umbrella: An umbrella blown across the beach by the wind has caused many injuries. When strong gusty winds blow, umbrella tops should be set facing into the wind. Make sure a good size hole is dug and pack in sand firmly around it.

Wind Direction Flotation Devices: Bodyboards, Noodles, and other Flotation Aids can be

considered a hazard in the ocean. Many drownings and rescue incidents are associated with the use of inappropriate flotation devices. Many people associate “safety” with flotation aids and feel safe going out much further than they should. Currents or wind can move an unsuspecting person into deep water or far off shore. This is an invitation to disaster; people may be separated from the device by waves, slipping off or choose to prematurely let go of the device to try and make better progress to shore. Remember, flotation aids that move with waves travel with considerable speeds with the compound force of the wave behind you. The weight of a person on a speeding object may cause an injury if there is a collision with another person or the hard packed beach surface. Hard objects, such as surfboards, kayaks and skim boards can be especially hazardous. For these reasons, Coast Guard approved life-jackets are the only devices allowed on the lifeguard protected beach.

Jelly Fish

Most jellyfish in our area are not toxic enough to give you more than a little sting and a rash. If stung by a jellyfish, get a medical professional or marine animal expert to help determine the type of jellyfish to help assess the proper method of treatment. Check to see if lifeguards are flying a purple flag.

Wrong Sand Holes — You might want to think twice

before digging that hold to China…beach dangers can occur in the sand as well as the surf! More people are killed or injured every year from a sand hole collapsing than a shark attack. When people dig really large holes, we’re talking multiple feet deep, they run the risk of the hole caving in on them. What’s more, the collapsing sand completely submerges the victim, leaving no evidence of what just occurred—a scary thought if no one was watching. Digging sand tunnels can also be dangerous and can collapse on the person digging the tunnel. How to avoid a sand trap? Don’t dig holes deeper than your knees and fill in any stray holes you may see at the beach.

Shark: During the rare occasion of a shark sighting,

the beach may be closed to entry. A closure may also occur if a school of bluefish are in a “feeding frenzy.” The risk of a shark attack is low however; there are ways to lower the risk even further. For instance, don’t swim at dawn, dusk and night, swim with a buddy, don’t go in the water if you are bleeding and stay clear of schooling bluefish and other schooling fish.

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Rip Currents — When people picture deadly

threats at the beach, the heart-stopping image of a shark fin emerging from the water immediately comes to mind. However, beach goers are 10 times more likely to be killed by a rip current than a shark attack. Rip currents are fast moving streams of water that knock swimmers off of their feet and drag them further away from shore. When this happens, it is best to swim with the current, not against it, as counterintuitive as it seems. Most victims of rip currents actually die of exhaustion, not drowning, because they tried to fight the rip current and ultimately lost. Swimmers are advised to swim parallel out of the current then back into the shore.

Strong Surf Onshore winds cause waves. Because

ocean winds vary, waves change from day to day. All waves deserve respect. Body surfing and swim fins are allowed in the lifeguard area – be careful! Do not try to ride waves that are too forceful for your level of skill. Sand abrasions, broken limbs, dislocated shoulders and spinal injuries are not uncommon as a result of being thrown to the hard packed beach bottom. To escape a waves great force, you can duck under or retreat from breaking waves. If you are riding a wave in some fashion, and are thrown off, try and prevent direct head and neck contact with the ocean floor. Do not run and dive into the surf if you do not know the depth and topography.

Shore Topography

Beach Berm Face


Trough Depth is often overhead


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Be aware that the surf zone topography can be variable. A beach face may be narrow or steep. The trough and terrace may contain ridges, holes and drop offs. Often, when the depth is only waist deep on the sandbar, the water will be over your head on the way out. In other areas, it may be shallow the whole way out to the sandbar. For your protection, people will be kept off the sandbar until it is reasonably safe for young people and poor swimmers alike, to access the sandbar.

Shore-break — Stay away from the big waves

that crash onto the shore. This is called “shore break” and the waves can hurt you. Shore break is a condition when large waves break directly on shore. These waves can throw swimmers onto the sand very hard. These waves are unpredictable and dangerous because they can cause shoulder, neck and back injuries to even the most experienced swimmer. When body surfing, it is recommended doing so with your head up and your arms out in front of your body to protect yourself.

Lightning — is the third deadliest threat for care-

free sunbathers and swimmers every year. When a storm rolls in, beaches will often close: that’s because even though beaches are not as tall as skyscrapers, they are common places for lightning to strike. Get out of the water and leave the beach if you see lightning or hear thunder. The lifeguards are in constant communication with the National Weather Service and will clear the beach if lightning is near. Listen to the directions of the lifeguard at your beach at all times and do what they say. So when the clouds start forming and the winds begin to howl, don’t wait for it to blow over—pack up that umbrella and head home.

National Park Service Beach Flag Safety System Yellow with black circle flags are permanently placed 50 yards beyond the lifeguard area and represent a safety zone. No fishing, no rigid craft, no open beach fires and no dogs permitted between these flags. Red over yellow flags represents the area supervised by lifeguards. For safety, recreate within the boundaries of these flags.

Yellow flag indicates a moderate warning for surf conditions. Caution should be exercised

When you hear the whistle: Lifeguards will

not signal swimmers simply because they are in deep water. The lifeguards will signal swimmers toward shore because they are approaching a hazardous area or they are moving too far out for adequate supervision.

First Aid and Rescue: The Lifeguard operation is equipped with rescue equipment and first aid supplies. The lifeguards are trained in ocean rescue and are certified Emergency Medical Responders. If you need assistance, contact a lifeguard or call 911.

Red flag indicates a high hazard exists such as strong surf and seaward currents.

Double red flags indicate a severe hazard and a closure is in effect. Visitors will be kept out of the water until the hazard subsides.

Purple flag indicates potentially dangerous marine organisms such as stinging jellyfish are present.

Visitors with physical disabilities:

Physically challenged individuals who require special consideration in aquatic recreation may want to use the protected beach. Beach wheelchairs are available in both Maryland and Virginia district beaches. Contact a Lifeguard or Ranger for direction and assistance.

Surf Rescue Demonstrations: If you want to learn more about our lifeguard operation and more about beach and surf safety, attend one of our Lifeguard Surf Rescue Demonstrations. Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 am

Interested in becoming an NPS Surf Lifeguard? You will receive 100 hours of paid training including surf rescue, ATV training, EMR and CPR training. Candidates must pass a timed swim and run test. For more information, contact Jeff Clark: 410-629-6094 Inside Chincoteague 2019


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CI Decoy & Art Festival

Chincoteague Blueberry Festival

Fireman’s Carnival

Trolley History Tour

On Going Activities

Assateague Island Fee Free Days

NASA Rocket Launches

Christmas by the Sea

Chili Chowder Cook-Off & Car Show

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iles of beautiful estuaries, calm waters and an abundance of wildlife lie all around the island. Kayak tours are available almost any time of year, weather permitting, and are a wonderful way to explore the quieter side of the resort. Many outfitters staff Naturalists that are well versed on local flora and fauna. Guided tours are not only fun but educational as well. Some tours take you to Assateague Island, a nearby barrier island, where you can view the world famous ponies in their island habitat. Get an up close look at local aquatic or avian life. It’s an immersion experience, no touch tank can match! 40

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Daisey Island Cruises

Year ‘Round Chincoteague to Assateague Island Boat Tours


n our nature cruises you will experience Assateague Island in a way that is simply not possible from land. Let us show you the hidden beauty and wildlife of Assateague Island. Tour with Daisey’s Island Cruises for a truly memorable experience. Offering the most affordable tour rates on the Island!

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Not a Great Beach Day? ...a few suggestions

The Bike Depot

We do more than just rentals! Scan QR code to see what’s going on now at Chincoteague Center!

The closest bike rentals to the beach!

Delmarva Discovery Museum 2 Market Street, Pocomoke, MD (410) 957-9933 The Delmarva Discovery Center on the Pocomoke River serves as a source of learning and discovery for the public through the preservation and interpretation of its cultural and natural heritage. Museum of Chincoteague 7125 Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague Island (757) 336-6117 Learn about the people, culture and heritage that is Chincoteague Island. See Misty of Chincoteague too! NASA Visitor Center - Wallops Flight Facility Route 175 Chincoteague, VA (757) 824-2298 The NASA Wallops Visitor Center is the place to explore the past, present, and future of NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. 42

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Offering a wide selection of over 200 standard and specialty cycles for riders of all ages. Trail maps included with every rental. Friendly, knowledgeable local staff. Sorry, no reservations. Hourly, Daily, and Weekly rates available. Open March-November.

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Serving your vacation rental need — including beach chairs, bikes, SUPs, coolers, crab pots and everything you need to crab, but that’s not all. Come see us and get your adventure started! View our inventory online at We are always adding new items, so please ask if you don’t see something you’re looking for!

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Smith Island Cruises A Great Way To Spend the Day!

New in 2019



Smith Island Cruise is a fun and inexpensive way to explore Maryland's last frontier, Smith Island. It’s also the home of the Maryland State Dessert, the famous Smith Island Layer Cake. So much to explore; museums, gift shops, restaurants and more! Bike and golf cart rentals available on the island. Leaves daily from Crisfield at 12:30 p.m. and leaves Ewell at 4:00 p.m.

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Reservations Required!

Museum of Chincoteague Island

Summer Hrs: 11am to 5pm - 6 days a week Closed on Mondays Spring & Fall Hrs: 11 am to 5 pm - Fri. Sat. & Sun.


7125 Maddox Blvd.

Chincoteague Island, VA 23336


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Museum of Chincoteague

The People, The Culture, The Heritage



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he Museum of Chincoteague Island collects and displays items, photographs, and stories that help tell Chincoteague Island’s history. Visit to explore hands-on and interactive exhibits about all aspects of the Island’s heritage. The museum has a popular scavenger hunt that guides visitors through the exhibits and makes the history of the Island come to life through the objects and photographs that you discover. Included in the museum is the First Order Fresnel Lens from the Assateague Island Lighthouse, artifacts from local shipwrecks and seafood industries, and a historical decoy carver’s workshop which was recently moved to

the museum. There are also models of vessels that plied the Chincoteague waters long ago, oral histories, and exhibits on how the Island has changed over time. The museum is home to the iconic Chincoteague ponies, Misty and her foal Stormy (preserved via taxidermy), made famous by author Marguerite Henry, in the books Misty of Chincoteague (1947) and Stormy, Misty’s Foal (1963) published by Rand McNally. You can also pick up a copy of the books and other locally-made and unique items in the Museum Gift Shop. They have excellent gifts for your friends and family back home too!


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Image courtesy of NASA/Patrick Black


mbark on a mission to explore the unique missions of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility through a self-guided tour of the Visitor Center. Interact with exhibits, watch short films, and tour the rocket garden. Explore NASA’s missions first hand by attending a special event, public program, or by scheduling a program for your group.

Visitor Center Information

Stay Connected

Find the NASA Wallops Flight launch schedule here: or download the “What’s Up Wallops” App!

September through June Open Tues. - Sat. 10am - 4pm July & August, Open Daily 10am - 4pm


Wallops Flight Facility


he NASA Wallops Flight Facility is located just outside of Chincoteague. The Antares rocket, which routinely travels to the International Space Station with supplies, launches from the Eastern Shore of Virginia facility. If you can’t make it to the Wallops area to view a launch, (We suggest you start at the NASA Visitor’s Center on route 175, the main road into Chincoteague), you can still be a part of the experience through the Wallops Mission Status Center found at There you will find information about the mission and links to the live countdown audio as well as live video of the launch. You can also view live coverage at nasa. gov/nasatv

Image courtesy of NASA/Bill Ingalls


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Shopping In the mood for a little shopping?


hopping is another fun part of any vacation. There are shops nestled all along Main St. offering a variety of keepsakes to remind you of your Chincoteague vacation. There are gourmet delectables, local art shops, specialty shops, and boutiques selling beachwear and all the gear you may have forgotten when you packed. Maybe you're in the mood for something new and stylish to wear back home or even a bottle of wine to take back to your room. We are sure you can find it on Main St.! 52

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undial Books, has been your locally owned, independent bookstore on Chincoteague for more than ten years. Our shelves include an eclectic mix of new and used books, local favorites and unexpected treasures. We also have a great selection of gifts and local art as well as new and used music CD’s. Stop in and browse! Coming to Chincoteague for vacation and have a special book you want to read during your stay? Order online before you travel and have books waiting for you when you arrive on the Island.

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Open Year Round with something for everyone! Amazing Wine & Craft Beer Selection Cigars - Gourmet Picnic Items - Unique Pantry Finds To-Go Coffee Bar - Java Steamers, Cold Brew Hot Tea, Homemade Chai, Hot Chocolate, & More Homemade Fudge - Pastries - Handmade Chocolates! Custom Gift Baskets - Gift Items - Unique Souvenirs

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Chincoteague’s Wild Ponies


ave you ever wondered how the ponies came to Assateague Island? There are several theories. One draws from the many historically documented shipwrecks that have occurred off of the coast of Assateague Island. The legend states that one of these shipwrecks involved a Spanish galleon carrying horses. The galleon is believed to have wrecked off of Assateague in the 1700's and some of the horses were able to swim to shore. A theory with more historical evidence, is that the "Chincoteague Ponies" are descendants of colonial horses brought to Assateague Island in the l7th century by Eastern Shore planters when crop damage caused by free roaming animals led colonial legislatures to enact laws requiring fencing and taxes on livestock. Over time, the modern-day descendants of those domestic horses have adapted to their environment. We may never solve the mystery behind how the ponies got to Assateague Island, but no one can deny that it was Marguerite Henry who made these ponies famous with her book Misty of Chincoteague. Prior to the refuge's establishment in 1943, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company purchased the ponies and continues ownership to this day. The Firemen are allowed to graze up to 150 ponies on refuge land through a Special Use Permit from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. A fence along the Virginia/Maryland State line (the northern refuge boundary) separates the island's ponies into two herds. The Maryland herd is owned by the National Park Service. The Virginia herd is owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company and is grazed in two designated compartments on the refuge. Following tradition, the Fire Company rounds up the entire herd for the Annual Pony Penning and Auction held on the last Wednesday and Thursday of July. Some foals and yearlings are sold at auction to benefit the town's ambulance and fire services. For more information about the ponies or Pony Penning Events please visit:

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2019 Pony Penning

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his year will be the 93rd Chincoteague Pony Swim, made famous by Marguerite Henry's "Misty of Chincoteague." Tens of thousands of people from around the globe gather to watch this annual tradition, and it's a week-long event!

Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21 (Roundup) There are approximately 50 adult ponies and their foals who live on the southern end of Assateague Island. On Saturday afternoon, the Saltwater Cowboys will begin rounding them up into the Southern Corral. This corral is located on Assateague, on the road to the beach, and is accessible to the public. The public can view the Ponies in the Southern Corral all day Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. 56

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Approximately 100 adult ponies and foals call the north end of the Island home. Those ponies are rounded-up on Sunday morning before Pony Penning and herded to the North Corral. While this corral does not have public access, there are bus trips available to view them at this location. Space is limited. Inquire at your hotel for more information.

Tuesday, July 23 - Vet Checks

Monday, July 22 - Beach Walk

Pony Swim is the peak of this week-long celebration as the Saltwater Cowboys swim the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The Ponies will swim across the Channel on the slack tide (the actual swim time varies from year to year and is typically between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and come ashore on the east side of Chincoteague Island. The main public viewing area is Veterans Memorial park, located at 7427 Memorial Park Dr. The Ponies

On Monday, at daybreak, the official "Beach Walk" gets underway as the Saltwater Cowboys move the ponies from the Northern Corral south along the Atlantic Ocean and join them with the ponies in the Southern Corral. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will open at 5:00 a.m. on Beach Walk day, to view the Ponies journey down the beach.

All of the Ponies will be checked by a vet, and this activity can be viewed by the public in the Southern Corral on the road to the beach.

Wednesday, July 24 - Pony Swim

arrive on Shore just a bit south of the Park on Pony Swim Lane, but that particular area is very "marshy" and space there is very limited. A large screen located in the Park offers a live feed of the swim and dry ground. The Town of Chincoteague provides a free Pony Shuttle service, as early as 4:00 am. The Pony Shuttle runs between many locations on the Island and Veterans Memorial Park, and it is the best way to get to and from the Swim. Crowds are notoriously large, so plan pro-actively. Check with your hotel for the closest Shuttle stop and the most up to date time for the actual swim. The first foal to come ashore will be named King or Queen Neptune and will be given away in a raffle drawing at the carnival grounds later in the day. Tickets for the raffle are sold each night at the carnival and amongst the crowd waiting for the swim. You must have a ticket and be present during the drawing to win! The Parade to the Carnival Grounds typically takes

place after the ponies have had a 45-minute rest after swimming the channel. The Saltwater Cowboys then "parade" them down Main Street, completing their trek at the Carnival Grounds.

Thursday, July 25 - Auction Auction of the foals begins at 8 a.m. at the Carnival Grounds. The annual round-up, swim, and auction help control the size of the herd, keeping it manageable and healthy. The event is also a fund-raiser for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company which uses a portion of the proceeds for veterinary care of the herd throughout the year. All winners are provided with credentials indicating the purchase of a true Chincoteague Pony. Each year the Fire Company members designate a select few ponies as "Buy Backs" ponies included in the

auction. These foals will return to Assateague Island to live out their lives. Buy Backs perpetuate the herd for its long-term existence. Winners of Buy Back Ponies get to name the Pony before it is returned to Assateague. It's also interesting to note that Buy Back Ponies have become some of the highest priced ponies sold at the auction. The Fire Company also donates the proceeds from the sale of one foal annually to a non-profit and have included beneficiaries such as Wounded Warriors, Hospice, Palliative Care of the Eastern Shore, and Alzheimer's Adult Care.

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The Firemen’s Carnival


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ighting even a tiny fire on a small island was a mammoth task at the turn of the 20th- century, the nearest fire department was 21 miles to the North, on the mainland. Concerned about the distance and the ever-present possibility of a fire sparking, the community of Chincoteague came together to devise a plan. They raised $25 dollars to purchase a small pumper tank in 1905 and the little pumper saved many homes as part of a bucket brigade of brave men. A second gasoline powered engine was purchased and the town was comfortable until 1920 when a large fire consumed 12 homes and businesses on the West side of town. Despite the communities efforts to battle the flames, the small pumper that had been neglected over the peaceful years failed to deliver - it was time for a new plan. A small group of men knew they needed to be better prepared to fight fires and in May of 1924, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company was organized with just 14 members. That group of men raised $4.16 by the "passing of the hat" and their endeavor was off. The first order of business was to purchase a fire truck with a 750-gallon capacity and 2000 feet of hose. They understood the need, but $4.16 was not going to pay for the equipment. The determined and inspired group of men decided to hold a community carnival in conjunction with the annual "Pony Penning" to pay for their equipment. The next year 15 colts were sold to benefit the fire company along with another successful carnival event.

By 1930, they were able to construct a large brick Fire Station on Main St. and the new building was debt free within 5 years from their successful fundraising efforts. Eight years later they began investing in the events that were supporting the fire department and purchased a Ferris Wheel and Merry-go-round. The company also purchased 80 ponies; 60 mares and 6 stallions from the estate of Joseph Pruitt (on the Island) to expand the Pony Penning Day celebration. Modern day “Pony Penning� has been a wildly successful endeavor, propelled by Marguerite Henry's book, Misty of Chincoteague in 1947. Today's Pony Penning is now a world-famous event, celebrating its 93rd year in 2019.

The Carnival is also an annual event and is held each year, on weekends in July, in advance of the annual Pony Penning and through the end of July in conjunction with Pony Penning. The only years the carnival was not opened was during World War II between 1943- 1945. If you're in town, during the month of July, attending the Chincoteague Firemen's Carnival is a must. It's a wonderful family-friendly event, filled with rides for the kids and a wide array of traditional carnival treats. The rides and the mouth-watering foods are all prepared and run by those dedicated firemen who stand ready for the community, maintain the world- famous herd of ponies and serve amazing oyster sandwiches! Inside Chincoteague 2019


The United States Coast Guard Sector Field Office Eastern Shore

Tue. July 23, 2019, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Pony Penning Week Only)


n Tuesday, prior to Pony Penning each year, the U.S Coast Guard Sector Field Office Base hosts an open house. It's an excellent opportunity to tour the base and meet U.S. Coast Guard active duty, auxiliary personnel, and Virginia Marine Resources Commission officers. The event is to present information on safety equipment, boater education, Coast Guard careers and Coast Guard missions. 60

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Along with touring the base, visitors will be able to view displays of safety equipment, explore careers in the Coast Guard, Aids-to-Navigation, a boating simulator and experience children's activities, which can include visits with “Coastie� an interactive boat, sailboat building and learning how to fix a leaky watercraft. There is also a helicopter demonstration scheduled for 1 p.m. pending availability.

To locate the open house, turn east at the traffic light on Route 175 coming from Route 13. Cross the bridge onto Chincoteague Island. Take a right at the light (Main St.), and the Coast Guard Base is on the right approximately 1 mile from the turn. Photo Identification and bag checks are required at the gate for entrance. No parking is available, foot traffic only on the base. 3823 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, Virginia

Event times/ happenings are subject to change. Check with your hotelier or rental office for changes in Island events.


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Chincoteague Oyster Flavor Profile True Chincoteague Oysters have been raised in Chincoteague Bay, and have a distinctive briny flavor followed by a sweet finish.


Ropewalk Chincoteague The freshest ingredients, in a comfortable setting


ith over 55 eateries in and around Chincoteague get ready for a coastal dining experience. From Shore traditions to ethnic cuisines, you’re sure to find something delectable. Seafood is caught daily from local waters, and fresh catch often includes Mahi Mahi, tuna, sea bass, sword and even shark! Seafood can be prepared in so many ways; steamed, broiled, blackened, sautéed, the list goes on. Whichever you choose, don’t miss out on the local seafood! Some of the world’s finest shellfish are found right off the coast, and local chefs are experts in its preparation. Chincoteague is famous for its oysters, and while aquaculture is part of the modern day island life, Islanders have been harvesting and sustaining the mollusk for generations. Truly some of the best oysters you will ever eat are from these waters. In addition to the many dining fares, Chincoteague offers a variety of dining styles as well. Food truck hopping here on the Island offers a wide array of expertly prepared fare. You can grab and go or relax at nearby tables picnic style; a great way to enjoy a meal without heading back to your room to shower off the beach sand.


opewalk features waterfront dining and a beach with a tiki bar, fire pits, and children’s play area. Ropewalk is Chincoteague Island’s premier and newest waterfront restaurant, offering a family-friendly atmosphere, first class indoor and outdoor dining and the best sunset views in town. Enjoy fresh and enticing entrees on our varied menu, and relax at the bar with full wine, liquor, beer, and local craft brew selection. From the tropical beach to the beautiful Narrows Ballroom suitable for weddings and other events,

6262 Marlin St. Chincoteague Island

(757) 336-0512

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Island Treats

ISLAND TREATS No vacation is complete without a few delectable treats, and what better summertime treat than ice cream? Or a candy apple, or caramel popcorn, or taffy or homemade fudge, oh I can’t decide! It’s a good thing the Island has lots of goodies, and there is surely something to delight your pallet while in town. Be sure to take home a few treats for your family and friends too! 64

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Island Creamery

Serving Neighbors and Making Friends Since 1975


e churn out frozen desserts daily, in small batches, right in our shop. We use an all-natural premium butterfat mix from Lancaster County cows ensuring a rich, creamy ice cream. Inspiration for flavors come from the local fruit available to us or from tasty inclusions made in our kitchen. Since 1975, our family has served the Island and its neighboring communities as well as countless visitors.

6243 Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague Island

(757) 336-6236

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Already Planning Next Year’s Trip? Already planning next years trip? There is no better time to make your reservation than before you leave the Island. Chincoteague Island offers many different accommodations,


including bed & breakfast, private motels, nationally branded hotels, rental cottages, and homes, as well as investment properties for sale. If your planning for next year or decades to come, the lodging and real estate businesses among the pages of this book can help you set the stage for another amazing Chincoteague vacation!

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A Coastal Haven, Marina Bay Hotel & Suites


he word boutique is defined by Merriam Webster as "a small company that offers highly specialized services or products." Further interpretation uses words like, "fashionable and stylish." All excellent words to describe Chincoteague's first "Boutique Hotel," Marina Bay Hotel & Suites. While you will most often find a "Boutique" hotel in an urban setting, Marina Bay has taken their unique style and constructed a masterpiece right on Chincoteague Channel. Adding in breathtaking sunsets to an already impressive and unique design for a "world away from the chaos" vacation; you can feel the stress melt when you enter the lobby, greeted and assisted by a staff that embraces value, honesty, and hospitality. Marina Bay Hotel & Suites is an environmentally friendly hotel. Power in each room is controlled by key cards. Power turns on when the card is used to enter the room. Cards also control wall units too. Rainwater falling on the hotel’s roof is filtered in their storm-water management system before sending the water back to the Bay. The hotel also does not use Styrofoam products anywhere on the property. The hotel is centrally located on the Island, just 5 minutes from the National Wildlife Refuge and the beach on Assateague Island. The hotel offers several upscale features, including Starbucks coffee & brewers in every guest-room and Bath & Body, Works aromatherapy products complete their bath amenities. The outdoor hotel features include a heated pool, and a new poolside bar, opening in the Spring of this year. There are fire pits for a relaxing evening as you take in the artistic sunsets the Island is famous for. You will also find private piers, in their private marina, for fishing and crabbing and outdoor grills to cook-up your catch. 3801 Main St., Chincoteague Island 757-336-3500 Please tell them we sent you!


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Comfort Suites

Key West Cottages

Award Winning Service

Island Charm

By Choice Hotels

Award Winning Service & Accommodations All Suites hotel featuring Private Waterfront Balconies Waterfront Indoor Pool, Hot Tub and Outdoor Pool Crabbing, Fishing and Breathtaking Sunsets on site 24 hour Fitness Center & Marketplace Intimate Weddings, Group Packages & Retreats

Escape to your Own Bayfront Retreat! One & Two Bedroom Waterfront Cottages Full Kitchens, Large Tiled Walk-in Showers Fishing & Crabbing Shared Indoor Pool, Hot Tub, Outdoor Pool, Laundry and Fitness Center next door


Best Western Chincoteague Island

Like being at home-away from home!

Well Appointed Spacious Guest-rooms

Holiday Cottages offers a unique vacation experience on beautiful Chincoteague Island. Our 1-bedroom & 2-bedroom cottages are perfect for families with children, family reunions, or for a couple who want to enjoy the privacy of their own cottage. Each cottage offers a fully-equipped kitchen, dining area, & living room with cable TV, and high-speed wireless internet. You can park right outside your door. Grills are accessible with picnic tables provided for each cottage. Our guests also have access to a 24-hour linen room. Enjoy our newly renovated pool, pergola, & deck for relaxing. We have tether-ball & corn hole, and for the kids a playground & large sandbox. Thank you to all of our friends and guests who stay at Holiday Cottages and return year after year. We pride ourselves on our customer service and family friendly atmosphere that will help ensure you have a memorable vacation experience. The Hickman family of Chincoteague, Owners

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(757) 336-6256

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The Housekeeping Tip


ou may not see your housekeeping attendant your entire stay on the Island, yet they are working hard each day, to assure your comfort when you return to your accommodations. From a tidy room to managing the beach sand, the attendant is a vital part of your vacation, quietly working in the background. As you depart for home, be sure to leave a "thank you" tip for your housekeeper. Good travel standards suggest $1 to $10 per day depending on how messy of a guest you were.

Enjoy Outdoor Tropical Pool & Grounds CLOSEST LODGING TO WILDLIFE REFUGE & BEACH

Views of the Lighthouse & Wallops Launch Pad Award Winning Property & Staff Locally Owned & Operated

7105 Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague Island

(757) 336-6557

Waterside Inn

Family owned and operated by island natives.

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7058 Maddox Blvd., Chincoteague Island


Spectacular Sunsets Superior views of Wallops rocket launches 220-foot private fishing & crabbing pier Seasonal outdoor heated pool overlooking Chincoteague Channel Private guest marina Solar-heated, adult Jacuzzi & fitness room

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Private Tennis Court Breakfast- including warm Belgium waffles Grills and picnic tables Conference & Hospitality Room Boat and trailer parking Glass elevator Beautiful rose gardens 3761 South. Main St., Chincoteague Island

(757) 336-3434

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Day Trip!

Smith Island


– A Change of Pace

hen you talk about visiting a water locked community, you probably think that it’s a total throwback in time. While Smith Island is far from the hustle and bustle of the City, the community has all the charm of a simple lifestyle coupled with the bustle of a real community of watermen, technology too! It’s a true environmental oasis. If you’re into Eco Tours, get your cruise to the Island booked now! 74

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During season you will find kayaking, stand-up paddle boards and the unique adventure of Sea Glass Hunting! You can rent a bicycle or golf cart and explore the town of Ewell or ride through the wildlife preserve to Road Point. There are shellfish houses that dot the island and busy watermen preparing their catch to be transported to the mainland for your dining pleasure. It’s a glimpse of how your food really gets to table.

by Brandon Phillips If you want to dine on the freshest catch, head to the Bayside Inn or Harborside Restaurant, both on the water, for some famous Smith Island crab cakes, soft crabs and more. Enjoying the local seafood is part of the experience. Smith Island Cruises is your primary method of conveyance to the Island. The boat makes daily trips during season and less frequent trips on the shoulder season. It leaves from another quaint water community called Crisfield and is about a 45 minute trip from Chincoteague.

While aboard the ship, you can enjoy picturesque views as you soak up the rays or cool off in the shade of the deck below. The cruise is approximately 50 minutes each way and you will have about 2 ½ hours to explore the island once there. Not enough time? There are a few B&B’s on the island and an overnight stay will offer a wealth of time to enjoy all the island has to offer. There are golf carts and bicycle’s for rent and while there are cars and trucks on the island, golf carts are an excellent mode for island travel.

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Shore Weddings W W

ith all the ingredients for a memorable wedding, beginning with the sun, the shore, is a growing destination for weddings. Of course everything is close by; restaurants, country clubs and hotels for receptions. There are florists, photographers and houses of worship. Be it a small or large affair, the Shore offers the perfect venue. The atmosphere is family friendly and there is entertainment for both the kids and grands before and after the event. Best of all, when the magical moment arrives, there is no more romantic setting than an Eastern Shore backdrop.


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Your Dog Wants To Be Here! Canine/Human Games

Low Cost Rabies Vaccines


Seminars, Shopping & More!

Pooch Palooza Dog Festival TM

Canine Sports, Canine Games and Canine Contest. It's all about the dogs!

April 27 & 28, 2019 Frontier Town Western Theme Park & Campground 8428 Stephen Decatur Hwy., Berlin, MD Advance Tickets Suggested

Presented by Delmarva Unleashed An Annual Event

Campsites & Cabins Available! Delmarva Unleashed Cover Model Shoot The Ultimate Air Dogs - Dock Diving

FastFetch Cup & Qualifier Canine Costume Contest Lure Chase Canine Pie Eating Tennis Ball Lottery

Agility Playground Flyball Demos

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