On Thursday July 28th we took this little pony tail
To see these pony tails.
Let me explain-
I had made a promise to my granddaughter that this year I would take her to the Pony Swim Auction so that she could see and take pictures, after getting her new camera for her birthday.
That of course was before the fire.
But on weds. the day of the pony swim, my husband said they would be busy tearing out the walls and ceiling thursday and putting it back so there wouldn't be much i could do to help them and he encouraged me to take the day and make good on my promise.
The 86th Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction takes place the last weds and thursday in July and is sponsored by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.
Made famous by Marguerite Henry's 1947 book "Misty of Chincoteague", the pony swim and auction draws thousands of people every year to the island to experience the event.
After the ponies swim ashore, they are paraded through the streets of Chincoteague on their way to the carnival grounds where they are corraled until the swim back on the friday following the swim.
The day after the swim is always the pony auction and as you can see there were plenty of people already on site when we arrived. I was told that people had started setting up lawn chairs and taping blankets to the bleachers the week before.
We found a cool spot under the trees,( it was another 100+ day ) right behind a set of bleachers but a few steps away we had a pretty clear view of the action.
As shown in the first picture, a kind man who had a taped blanket, offered for us to lift our granddaughter up there to sit and see and take pictures. Given the fact that she is 40 pounds I was very grateful for the gesture!
My parents accompanied us as they had never been to the auction either.
The auctioneer did a great job of keeping everyone engaged and bidding.
Some of the foals were able to leave right away while some others , as young as a month old, were to be kept with the herd until they could be picked up in October.
When the youngest ones came out they were met with a lot of "AAawww,s"
I guess if you set up your chair a week in advace and are willing to brave the sun and extreme heat , you get the chance to take closeup pictures and maybe pet one or two.
After a few hours I saw it was time for something a little different.
We took a walk around the carnival grounds to the corral where the ponies were and some of the buy back foals had been returned to.
The Mom of this little one was walking around and around it in protective mode.
Then we found a tent and vendor selling everything for horses and their riders.
The day wouldn't be complete without a cowgirl hat, and she spotted the pink one 50 feet away!
I remember getting her Mommy a similar hat when she was about the same age. Feels like yesterday!
We left before the very end of the auction to avoid all the traffic getting out and headed to the Island Creamery for an ice cream lunch.
Smiles from beginning to end!
Further information about the annual pony swim and the history and fundraising can be found at all the links provided.