CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, Va. (WAVY) — The 2022 Chincoteague Island Pony Swim was back for its 97th year on Wednesday, July 27.

The Saltwater Cowboys led the ponies from Assateague Island to the east side of Chincoteague Island, where they will come ashore.

The swim took place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and guests were able to watch the ponies from the Veterans Memorial Park.

Ponies swam during “slack tide,” when there is a small break period between tides with no current.

The Pony Parade started down Main Street, ending at the carnival grounds for the auction.

The Pony Auction will be held Thursday, July 28 at 8 a.m. to auction off the foals. This auction controls the size of the herd and keeps it from growing too large while raising funds for the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

Adult ponies are led back to Assateague Island on Friday, July 29.

The Chincoteague Fireman’s Carnival will be held all week (Monday-Saturday) starting at 7 p.m. with rides, games, raffles and food. Admission is free.