Veteran NY Showman a Fixture at Spring Dairy Carousel

5/4/2013 7:00 AM
By Marjorie Struckle New York Correspondent

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Many things have changed since the first New York Spring Dairy Carousel, but one thing has remained the same — the presence of Charlie McEvoy of Mac-Mara Holsteins in Marathon, N.Y.

He has exhibited since 1947, continuously attending what is today know as the dairy carousel.

Although the carousel has developed from a local Holstein show held at Cortland County Fairgrounds to the showcase of nearly 1,000 head of cattle from 20 states and five Canadian provinces that it is today, the love of the dairy breed has remained.

Different cattle sales have been added, additional dairy breeds have been added, and more friendships have been created.

And McEvoy has seen it all.

Back in the 1960s, it was a Black and White show for the locals in Cortland, he recalled.

“At that time, it was just Black and White cattle, Red and Whites weren’t even considered a separate breed at that time,” McEvoy said. “It was exclusive to New York state and then it opened to all.”

McEvoy and his sons attended the shows. Today he is in partnership on the farm with his son, Ken. Only one son, Willie, has not remained active with farm activities, but Syd, Don and Dave continue to be involved.

Showing remains a passion for McEvoy.

“This is the first show of the season in the states. I show at the Central New York Black and White show in Norwich, the Black and White show in Cortland and Broom County Fair in Whitney Point, finishing at the New York State Fair,” he said.

McEvoy served as the dairy supervisor at the Broom County Fair for 30 years. While supervisor he encouraged the creation of a milking parlor which demonstrates the milking procedure to the public. He has been an advocate for the youth in agriculture, assisting many with the pursuit of their dreams.

Through the years, McEvoy has brought his and other’s animals to the dairy carousel.

“There is a lot of quality here; the water is so deep out here it’s really good,” he said.

McEvoy’s string at the this year’s Dairy Carousel included Holsteins, Red and Whites and a Brown Swiss. McEvoy said the Swiss was included, “because my daughter-in-law had Swiss and that came with the package.”

He said he enjoys all the breeds and meeting the people who come with the animals.

McEvoy said the animals attending the shows will change through the season as their condition changes. He has about 70 milkers and supportive livestock on the farm to choose from.

The camaraderie with the exhibitors, family time together and the passion for great quality cows has encouraged McEvoy to continue to attend the show.

McEvoy’s career as a farmer and a showman has included a number of awards, among them New York State Active Master Breeder, Northeast Fall National Holstein Herdsman Award in Springfield, Mass., the Stanley Murphy Award, the New York State Fair W. Stewart Stephens Memorial Award for Outstanding Fellowship and Dedication as a Showman, and the Klussendorf Award.

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