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Online auction proceeds reach all-time high

by DrewLUD

For the second year in a row, Chincoteague Island’s annual pony auction went virtual, netting a record $400,000-plus in proceeds.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers to once again make the difficult decision to cancel the island’s pony penning festivities and take the popular auction online.

That didn’t stop fans of the famed ponies from turning out to show their support.

This year’s auction ran from Thursday, July 22, through Thursday, July 29, on SportHorseAuctions.com.

It was the second time the online auction company hosted the event, and the competitive virtual festivities didn’t disappoint.

A total of 404 bidders tried their luck and by the close of the auction, the site had garnered 228,073 page views.

Bidders spent a whopping $420,150 —  $3,200 on donated items like quilts and wind chimes and $416,950 on ponies. That’s an all time high, according to a Facebook post from the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service