UPDATE FROM THE CHINCOTEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO. - MARCH 16, 2021
Dear friends, After much deliberation the fire company regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2021 carnival/pony penning activities. By now we would already be more than half way through the planning phases and preparing for upcoming events.
Given the current orders from the Governor of Virginia we would not be able to have these events and not knowing when or if restrictions would be lifted in time to open.
It takes much time and many man hours to prepare for carnival, not to mention the amount of money it takes to get open not knowing if we would be under the same restrictions. Bottom line, too many unknowns to take a chance.
We will be doing the pony auction like last year, online. We will be selling shirts like last year, online. You will be seeing people come and go at the carnival grounds doing maintenance work on buildings and rides to keep everything in order and to get ready for 2022.
For those of you who purchased raffle tickets in support of the Brianna Park which gives you two front row seats to the pony swim, that will be honored at the 2022 swim.
This has been a rough year for everyone. So many people have suffered unimaginable losses but I’m so confident that we all will bounce back in 2022 and that it will be the best year ever!!!
We thank you, our supporters who have stood by our side for so many years for all your encouraging words and donations. WE ARE YOUR FIRE COMPANY, WE ARE YOUR SALTWATER COWBOYS, WE ARE ONE TOGETHER WITH YOU and WITH YOU AND OUR COMMUNITY WE WILL ALWAYS REMAIN!!
All announcements about the pony auction will be here on this page and Denise will keep you all posted on such activities that you all will need and want to know. Until then, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!
Pony Express trolley service will run from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. for the Pony Auction. View trolley brochure and schedule
The following information is for those who plan to bid for a pony during the auction. The auction begins at 8 am on July 29, 2021 at the Carnival Grounds.
1. Be there early if you wish to bid on a pony. The crowds are huge and you will want a space as close to the front as possible.
2. Wear a sun hat and sunscreen. Bring plenty to drink. A pencil and paper are always useful. A camera is nice. A folding chair is a great idea since there will be no the bleachers available due to insurance restrictions.
3. You do not have to register for the auction. If you raise your hand during the auctioneer's chant, you ARE MAKING A BID.
4. Price history for ponies:
- 2020 (COVID-19 Online Auction) - 68 ponies; average cost $5,705 (record); high bid $28,250 (record); low bid $1,800 (record); Total sales=$388,000 (record)
- 2019 - 57 ponies sold, average cost $4,767, high bid $17,500, low bid $1,400, total sales $271,700
- 2018 - 53 ponies sold (including 10 buybacks which sold for $93,100), average cost $4,309, high bid $20,000, low bid $1,000, total sales $228,400
- 2017 - 62 ponies sold (including 10 buybacks), average cost $3,385.48, high bid $15,000, low bid $1,100, total sales $209,900
- 2016 – 57 ponies sold (including 7 buybacks), average cost $2,658.77, high bid $11,000, low bid $550, total sales $151,550
- 2015 - 61 ponies sold (including 12 buybacks), average cost $2,779, high bid $25,000, low bid $500, total sales $169,519
- 2014 - 54 ponies sold, average cost $2,772.23, high bid $21,000, low bid $750, total sales $149,700
- 2013 - 54 ponies sold, average cost $2,161.58, high bid $12,000, low bid $650, total sales $116,725
- 2012 - 67 ponies sold, average cost $1,442.16, high bid $7,200, low bid $400, total sales $96,625
- 2011 - 69 ponies sold, average cost $1,442.02, high bid $6,700, low bid $450, total sales $99,500
- 2010 - 59 ponies sold, average cost $1,310.00, high bid $8,100, low bid $375, total sales $77,275
- 2009 - 70 ponies sold, average cost $1,344.29, high bid $11,700, low bid $500, total sales $94,100
- 2008 - 74 ponies sold, average cost $1,413.85, high bid $9,500, low bid $400, total sales $104,625
- 2007 - 73 ponies sold (70 foals, 3 yearlings), average cost $2,442.47, high bid $17,500, low bid $700, total sales $178,300
- 2006 - 78 ponies sold, average cost $2,150.64, high bid $7,500, low bid $350 (3 yr old), total sales $167,750
- 2005 - 66 ponies sold, average cost $2,255.30, high bid $8,000, low bid $900, total sales $148,850
- 2004 - 74 ponies sold, average cost $1,618.24, high bid $4,000, low bid $850, total sales $119,750
- 2003 - 71 ponies sold, average cost $1,798.59, high bid $6,600, low bid $1,000, total sales $127,700
- 2002 - 89 ponies sold, average cost $1,816.29, high bid $7,800, low bid $950, total sales $161,8650 Six "buyback" foals were sold for a total of $34,000.
- 2001 - 85 ponies sold, average cost $1,963.00, high bid $10,500, low bid $1,000, total sales $166,925
- 2000 - 84 ponies sold, average cost $2,060.54, high bid $7,500, low bid $1,300, total sales $173,085
- 1999 - 86 ponies sold, average cost $1,620.93, high bid $4,100, low bid of $800, total sales $139,400
5. Your transportation home for your new foal must be approved by the pony committee. (A horse trailer). Ponies must be picked up by 5 pm Friday.
6. The only acceptable forms of payment are Visa, Mastercard, and CASH. The Fire Company will not accept checks!
Buybacks are returned to Assateague to replenish and upgrade the herd. Buyers are photographed with the turnbacks and will receive official registration papers, although any offspring of turnbacks will belong to the fire company.