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Friday, May 20, 2005

MAY 29: Blessing of the Fleet -- In this annual tradition, local ministers give blessings for a safe and bountiful fishing season. At 4:30 at the Chincoteague Town Dock. Free. 757-336-6861.

JUNE 4: Coastal Cleanup -- Clean the salt marsh and shorelines of Sinepuxent Bay in a canoe from 11 to 3. Free. Meet at canoe concession, Assateague Island National Seashore, off Route 611. 410-641-2120, Ext. 20.

JUNE 11: Children's Fishing Derby -- From 10 to 2 for ages 16 and younger, sponsored by Assateague State Park and Assateague Mobile Sport Fisherman's Association. Free. Assateague State Park, off Route 611. 410-641-2120, Ext. 20.

JUNE 19: Bluegrass Concert -- With Ramblin' Heart and Haley & the Boys from 1 to 6. $10; students, $5; ages 6 and younger, free. Chincoteague Community Center, 6155 Community Dr., Chincoteague Island. 757-336-3030.

JULY 2: Independence Day Carnival -- Games, crafts, nature programs, food and more from 4 to 8. Free. Assateague State Park Nature Center, off Route 611. 410-641-2120, Ext. 20.

JULY 2, 4, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 , 25-30: 80th annual Volunteer Firemen's Carnival -- Rides, food and games, leading up to the Pony Swim & Auction. Open from 7 p.m. to 11 except July 27 and 28, when it's open from about noon to 11. Free. Carnival Grounds, Main Street, Chincoteague. 757-336-6161.

JULY 3: Magic show by Parul Krendl at 7:30 at the Chincoteague Community Center, 6155 Community Dr., Chincoteague Island. $10. 757-336-0614.

JULY 4: Old-Fashioned Fireworks -- 10 p.m. at the Carnival Grounds, Main Street, Chincoteague. Free. 757-336-6161.

JULY 14: Bluegrass Concert -- Jack Sanbower & No Leeway Band from 8 to 10. See June 19 for details.

JULY 23: 18th annual Deborah Blueberry & Craft Festival -- With blueberries, baked goods, crafts and more from 10 to 4. $2. Chincoteague Community Center, 6155 Community Dr., Chincoteague Island. 757-336-5946.

JULY 24: "The Frontier Riders" Wild West Show -- With rope demonstrations, knife-throwing and a tribute to "Hollywood cowboys." Dinner at 6; show at 7. $15; ages 12 and younger, $10. Chincoteague Community Center, 6155 Community Dr., Chincoteague. 757-336-0614.

JULY 27-28: 80th annual Pony Swim & Auction -- The pony swim takes place in the channel between Chincoteague and Assateague islands July 27 from 7 to 1, followed by carnival, entertainment, food and more. The auction is July 28 from 9 to noon, followed by carnival, entertainment, food and more. Spectators free. Carnival Grounds, Main Street, Chincoteague. 757-336-6161.

AUG. 7: Bluegrass Concert -- Darren Beachley & TML and Willow Branch from 1 to 6. See June 19 for details.

AUG. 12: Beach Party with the Tams -- Dinner at 7, music at 8. Tickets are $30 for dinner and the show, $20 for show only. Chincoteague Community Center, 6155 Community Dr., Chincoteague Island. 757-336-0614.

SEPT. 3-4: Chincoteague Decoy Carver's Association Show -- Local carvers display their work Sept. 3 from 9 to 7, Sept. 4 from 10 to 4. $2; ages 12 and younger, free. Chincoteague Community Center, 6155 Community Dr., Chincoteague. 757-336-5009.

SEPT. 17: Maryland Coast Day -- Exhibits, animal presentations, boat rides, kite flying, sandcastle demonstrations, live music and food from 11 to 4. Free. Assateague State Park, off Route 611. 410-213-2297.

OCT. 8: 33rd annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival -- All-you-can-eat oysters, sides, clams and more from noon to 4. $35; 5 and younger, free. Maddox Family Campground, 6742 Maddox Blvd., Chincoteague. 757-336-6161.

OCT. 15: Chili & Chowder Cook-off -- Taste a variety of chili and chowder at this annual festival, sponsored by the Historic Main Street Merchants. Admission is free; events along Main Street in Chincoteague. 757-336-3700.


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