LaCygne Ranch Couple Honored By Women’s Professional Rodeo Association

By Frank J. Buchman

Two of the most ambitious lifetime dedicated rodeo leaders and supporters in the country have been appropriately nationally acknowledged. John and Candy Teagarden, LaCygne, KS were honored by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) as the “Outstanding Individuals of the Year.”

The Linn County ranch couple accepted the award at a WPRA lunch during the recent National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. A director of the Linn Country Fair and Rodeo at Mound City 52 years, Teagarden insisted, “It isn’t about us. It’s about the individuals and small business sponsors who keep this great tradition alive.

With county population of about 10,000 people, the Linn County Fair in extreme eastern Kansas has a rich tradition.

Believed to be the oldest county fair in Kansas, the 150th anniversary is being celebrated next year.  “Our 75th annual rodeo is scheduled for 2021 with many special festivities also planned,” the enthusiast director informed.   Nearly every building on the 40-acres fairgrounds has been systematically replaced in the last four decades.

Candy Teagarden has provided vital support behind the scenes for efforts of various fair and rodeo committees. The Teagardens operate the five-generation family ranch and farm in northern Linn County. Daughters Dana, Amy and Leigh, their spouses and eight grandchildren were credited for being an important part of all activities. 

The WPRA is the oldest women’s sports organization in the country.  Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, it provides opportunities for women’s participation in rodeo events across the United States and Canada.