Central Heights student continues winning tradition at Pineywoods Fair

Central Heights student continues winning tradition at Pineywoods Fair

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Ashley Lucas and her goat Momma and lamb Thumper put on a show at the annual Pineywoods Fair.

Lucas earned grand champion honors in both the goat and lamb show along with the showmanship buckle in the senior lamb category. Two years ago, Lucas won the goat competition and last year won the lamb competition.

"It's the same feeling every time," Lucas said. "It's great each time you win. You work so hard. It's the same feeling you get the first time. It never gets old."

Lucas' animals will be auctioned off Saturday in a non-terminal auction, meaning the animals will not be killed after they are sold. By the end of the fair, Lucas' total earnings from all three years at the fair could be in excess of $10,000. Lucas plans on going to school to play Volleyball or Stephen F. Austin State University for nursing.

Lucas said she got the inspiration from watching her older sister show steers. Lucas said despite the winning pedigree in her family she always gets butterflies.

"I'm always nervous, especially with it being my senior year. It made every thing more nervous," Lucas said.

Lucas said just making it to the arena is a task in its self.

"The hardest part about raising them is that they are stubborn," Lucas said. "They are so stubborn that you have to teach them. It's just like teaching anybody how to do something and just keeping them on routine day in and day out."

The organizers of the event believe the youth are learning more than animal training skills.

"You teach a kid responsibility," Pineywoods Fair Ag Chairman Mike Putnam said. "You teach them showmanship. but really responsibility, commitment and seeing a project through."

The premium sale of the animals will take place Saturday night at 6 p.m.

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