24 Jun 2022
The Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival is a long-standing tradition for both tourists and locals alike. Heading into it's 98th year this summer, after a COVID hiatus for a couple of years - the island couldn't be more excited about the return of something we hold so near & dear to our hearts.
Opening in July, the carnival offers food, games, rides, and TONS OF FUN for the entire family!
Individual ride tickets or wristbands (better deal if kids are gonna be REALLY riding) can be purchased from the ticket booth across from the bandstand. You'll find classics like the ferris wheel - time your ride right to have a spectacular view of the Chincoteague Channel at sunset.
Or if you're a thrill seeker - give the Paratrooper or Scrambler a go. They've been delivering screams and giggles for years. Always a winner. There's also lovingly maintained vintage kiddie rides for the littlest riders.
The smell of fresh fried oyster fritters wafts through the air, and is sure to carry you right to the stand. Clam fritters are also available. Try them both and see which you like best. Maybe even get one to take home (pop in the oven for a few minutes at 400 degrees, they crisp right up). If you're lucky - you may even find a pearl!
Chicken sandwiches, crab cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers and cheeseburgers - go around the corner for the condiments, and if you love slow-simmered onions add a scoop from the crockpot to your burger and thank us later.
Pizza made right in front of your eyes and piping hot fresh out of the oven, it is sold by the slice or whole pie. Pepperoni or cheese is available - with crushed red pepper and extra oregano shakers to use at your discretion.
Fresh cut and fried local Dublin Farms potatoes can be found in the Pony Fries line next to the pizza. We recommend dousing them in Old Bay and plenty of vinegar. They give anything found on the Boardwalk in Ocean City a run for their money...
And don't forget an ice cold drink to wash it all down with. They have an ice machine in the back that is the stuff of legend - perfect crunchy thin sheets of ice. There's nothing like it.
If you have any room left, the ice cream stand is located towards the front of the grounds. It's really more of a frozen custard than an ice cream - dreamily rich and creamy. The caramel corn is also a must-hit if you have a sweet tooth. Cooked in a copper kettle, the kernels are mixed with brown sugar and butter and tossed with a large wooden paddle by one of the firemen. Get a tub to take home with you! Candy apples and cotton candy are also available up front too.
Try your hand at one of the carnival games - Pick A Duck or Rainbow Wheel, anyone? No matter their choice, your little one is always sure to leave with a smile on their face. And after a night of good old-fashioned family fun spent at the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival - we know you will too.