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Assateague's mane event follows a tradition spanning generations
Assateague's mane event follows a tradition spanning generations

"Once you've seen it, you've seen it," said Tom Shutt of Hershey, Pa. Still, Shutt and his wife Martha returned Wednesday to Chincoteague Island in Virginia, their seventh trip since 2000, to see "it" — a herd of wild ponies swimming from Assateague Island to Chincoteague. After 89 years, the pony swim follows a strict tradition. About 150 ponies are herded from their year-round home on Assateague Island across a channel to Chincoteague, where they are paraded through the streets to the island's carnival grounds. Thursday morning, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company will auction the foals to raise money for trucks and ambulances. The rest of...

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