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The town of Chincoteague is known worldwide for its wild ponies that were written about in the Marguerite Henry book - Misty of Chincoteague - as well as the movie of the same name. Chincoteague's annual Pony Penning & Auction is a popular event every July. "Saltwater cowboys" herd the ponies from Assateague Island, who then swim across the channel to Chincoteague Island.

Ponies grazing on Assateague Island

 

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