Misty of Chincoteague comes alive

Tens of thousands of people turned out Wednesday for the annual Chincoteague wild pony swim, an event made famous by Marguerite Henry's novel, "Misty of Chincoteague."

About 175 ponies crossed Assateague Channel, and many are auctioned off to support the Virginia town's fire services. The rest of the ponies return to the island.

It's the biggest day of the year for little Chincoteague, as tourists pour into town for the swim and auction, as well as related events, such as free showings of the "Misty" movie.

For some spectators, the event was a dream come true, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Erin Cox, who was there for the day. "This has been my lifelong dream since I was 8 years old," Robin Dodge, 55, who drove from upstate New York with her husband, told Cox.

Sun photographer Karl Merton Ferron captured the event in pictures.

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