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Jul 29 2014 3:45pm

Longmire Days in Pictures: Boy Howdy, Do They Love Walt in Wyoming!

For the third straight summer, Buffalo, Wyoming magically transformed (with the help of one hard-working Chamber of Commerce and an incredible team of volunteers) into Durant, the Absaroka County seat, and the characters of Craig Johnson’s fictional crime series came to life as thousands of fans converged on the town of about 4,600. This is, of course, the annual Longmire Days, which occurred July 18-20, 2014.

And for the second year, many of the stars of the A&E television show based on Johnson’s series also attended and took part in the festivities. That included: Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire), Katee Sackhoff (Vic Moretti), Adam Bartley (The Ferg), Cassidy Freeman (Cady Longmire), Zahn McClarnon (Mathias), and Louanne Stephens (Ruby).

THE ACTORS

Friday, July 18th kicked off with an autograph session featuring Craig and all the actors, except Cassidy Freeman. (Editor’s Note: These are the very signatories to the poster in the comments sweepstakes below!) Fans from far and wide began lining up outside the old Clear Creek Elementary School before 7 a.m., when Craig Johnson pulled into the lot in the replica sheriff’s Bronco. The signing wouldn’t start until 9 a.m., but in the meantime, souvenirs were sold, people took pictures with the Bronco and chatted with fellow fans, and volunteers mingled throughout the crowd letting everyone know what to expect. There was an excitement in the early morning Durant air.

When the doors did open, the line moved slowly but consistently, and the exceptional organization made the wait fun. Volunteers and police officers struck up conversations as attendees snaked through a maze of crime scene tape. One volunteer from Colorado, returning for her second year, was amazed at the distances so many people traveled. She said, “Last year it was mainly people from the Wyoming I-25 Corridor.” This year, people traveled from states as far away as Florida, Ohio, and Tennessee, just to attend Longmire Days. 

In an effort to keep the lines moving, fans were limited to two items they could have signed and pictures with the actors were not allowed at this event.  While the objective was to keep things moving, Johnson and the actors were still able to chat briefly, shake hands, and share smiles while signing everything from posters to the shirts on people’s backs. The enthusiasm from both sides of the table was contagious. Eventually, the line had to be cut off, but another autograph session was held Saturday morning, and there were many other opportunities throughout the weekend for fans to snag autographs and pictures.

The actors participated in many of the weekend’s events and interacted excitedly with folks who’d traveled from all over to see them. Zahn McClarnon and Adam Bartley showed their athletic prowess on the softball field in the Cowboys vs. the Indians game, and Louanne Stephens produced a children’s show in Crazy Woman Square. That performance featured Buffalo-area kids acting out the pre-election party scene from the TV show. The weekend wrapped up with an incredible concert from Adam Bartley and his jazz band. Special kudos should be given to Robert Taylor as well, who made a valiant effort to attend every event.

 

THE INDIANS

As the doors were closing on the signing session at Clear Creek Elementary School Friday morning, a PowWow was kicking off in Crazy Woman Square. After all, a Longmire celebration simply wouldn’t be complete without the Indians.

The representatives from the Cheyenne tribe had to make a bit of a trip into Buffalo, because their reservation is further away than Johnson portrays in the books. But this didn’t deter them. Dressed in handmade, beautifully-colorful regalia, signifying tribal and familial connections and history, they danced and sang. The significance behind dances and songs was shared with the audience, and at times the audience was encouraged to join in.

There was some celebrity in this event as well. One of the dancers had not only earned the coveted Miss Cheyenne title, seen in a Season 3 episode of the same name, but she had also appeared in an episode from the show’s first season.

These devoted dancers and musicians showed off their talents and shared their tribal history during each day of the weekend festivities.

 

THE TOWN

While the estimated attendance of 10,000 might have been a bit of a stretch for this year’s event, the fans were definitely in the thousands, and that didn’t seem to faze the small town of Buffalo at all.

The community as a whole embraced the celebration, posting signs in their windows, adding chalk drawings to the sidewalks, selling souvenirs, and simply welcoming all the strangers who invaded their quiet little part of the country.

To fight the heat—temps were around 90 all weekend—visitors also indulged in frozen yogurt from The Cold Dish. They could even pick up a copy of the Durant Courant to read with their morning coffee.

The Buffalo Kiwanis hosted a pancake breakfast Saturday morning, and later that day, the Model A & Pioneer Car Club of Sheridan and Johnson Counties sponsored a car show. The Clear Creek Brewing Company featured an Absaroka Ale all weekend, and other establishments put Longmire-related specials on their menus as well. In addition to the regular restaurants, food trucks were set up in Crazy Woman Square throughout the weekend, giving visitors a chance to try ribs, snow cones, Wyoming Whiskey, and gourmet hot dogs and brats (featuring elk and buffalo meat).

The Buffalo Theater took a hiatus from their regular shows to host viewings of Longmire on their big screens all day Friday and Saturday. Then, they hosted the Q&A session on Sunday. The HF Bar Guest Ranch hosted a skeet shoot, while the Paradise Guest Ranch took the reins of the Horseback Ride. The Buffalo Golf Club held a golf outing, and the Century Club was the starting point for the Acting Outlaws Poker Run. Of course, the Busy Bee was abuzz from open to close as fans experienced the diner where Walt gets his “usual.”

There was a bit of something for everyone, and it seemed like every business in Buffalo helped sponsor the weekend. Some events required registration and additional fees, but a visitor still had plenty to do without attending any extra events. 

 

THE MAN

Of course, none of this would exist at all without the man who started it. Craig Johnson was a constant throughout the weekend. You could see him in the audience of the children’s show. He provided color commentary for the softball game, participated in the Q&A session, and arrived early for each autograph session to chat with the fans waiting patiently.

When there wasn’t a scheduled signing or event, you could likely find him signing and talking in the Longmire headquarters. The Johnson County Library also stopped regular operation for most of Saturday to accommodate a “So You Want to Write a Mystery” discussion and autograph session with him and Robert Taylor.

Longmire Days garnered a great deal of attention because of the celebrities in attendance, but Buffalo, Wyoming, hasn’t forgotten who gave them their alias and their beloved fictional sheriff.  As Adam Bartley wrapped up the weekend with his jazz concert, he reminded the audience of exactly that, and Johnson was given a standing ovation.

What a wonderful salute to Walt Longmire and his crew; what a wonderful tribute to an amazing writer.

If you have the chance to attend a future Longmire Days, it’s well worth the trip. If not, don’t worry. Grab a copy of a Walt Longmire novel and you’ll be transported immediately.

All images used with permission of Jen Forbus.

 

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Jen Forbus is a book-reading, Arnold Palmer-drinking, animal-adoring, gadget-loving optimist. She not only converses with crime fans on Twitter as @crimehq, she also freelances in all areas of books and publishing, and runs the crime fiction site Jen's Book Thoughts.

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254 comments
Edward A. Grainger
1. EdwardAGrainger
That just looks like a whole lot of fun. Hope to make the trek one of these years myself. Thanks for the great write-up, Jen!
Susan Meek
3. smeek1958
Wyoming is one of the friendliest states there is; I'd love to make it up there for this festival one year.
4. Lynn Demsky
All of his books, that I've read, have been really good! Longmire is a treat to read and watch! Thanks for information!
5. Skipper50
Wish I had been there.
6. Jackie Kurtz
Wyoming, heck yes! Longmire, heck yes! Have to start planning for next year!
Michelle Ledbetter
9. Minniyar
Really wish I'd been there, I'd love to go to Wyoming one day! This is the next best thing though
pearl berger
10. beach
Wonderful giveaway. Love Wyoming and Longmire.
Tricia van Dockum
11. tvdockum
Boy...this sure sounds like a cool event. I didn't know this even took place. I'm going to have to visit Wyoming next summer. Thanks for the opportunity to win some fun swag!
Diane Chenier
12. slcrose
Love watching Longmire with Wyoming back drop.
Mike Rogers
14. Mycosyco
Wow, meeting so many of the actors as well as Craig Johnson would be a blast!
Gordon Bingham
15. gordonbingham
Was working on a trip to the Cascades from Flordia to visit my brother next summer. Now I know my route... Absolutely the best thinking person's tv show out theses days!!!!
charles j hauser jr
16. admiral
Still waiting for that great western historical series to be written highlighting a Wild West lawman in search of a murdeour villian tracked to a large East Coast city- Sort of an 1870's Coogan's Bluff!
Lee Anne LeCouter
17. lalecouter
I think what is so very cool about the LONGMIRE DAYS event is that so many people embrace it and there is so much to see and do! From the cast to the Indian PowWow, everybody has so much respect for Craig Johnson, as well as for the culture and people of Wyoming. I can't remember the last time I actually heard of a TV show that really embraced it's fans and citizens in such a great way. No wonder why people in the thousands flock to see such an event and become one with all that is wonderful about Wyoming! Hoping to go next year for this very cool event! Simply adore this show and everyone associated with it! :o)
Steven Morse
18. esteban47
Wow! This was so well written, and illustrated, I got a good idea of what this was like. It would be so exciting to attend this event! Thanks, Jen for the great piece.
G S Moch
19. LSUReader
What a great event. My Hubby loves this series and I keep telling him he needs to read the books, too!
Kimbrell Scheunert
20. kscheunert
What a great article! It must have wonderful to be able to attend. Thanks for all the great pictures!
Michael Carter
21. rubydog
Great article, great TV series!
Thanks ---
Andrew Kuligowski
22. KuligowskiAndrew
I've been a fan of Craig Johnson's for a long time now (Walt's too), and I'm glad they're BOTH finally getting some serious attention. I can't believe Craig would change just 'cause of a little fame (even a little money, hopefully), but I just hope it doesn't go to Walt's head.
Pat Dupuy
23. Pat D
I am so envious of everyone who got to attend this soiree. I am eager for the season finale so I can get some answers, but not happy that the season will be over.
Katharine Kan
24. nekolibrarian
I love the show and the books. This event looks so wonderful.
Jeffrey Raiffe
25. njguy12@gmail.com
I like the tv series, so it would be nice if I were to win this contest.
Janet Robinson
26. Robinsoncat
Two of my coworkers tell me I must start watching the series. This makes their encouragement even more convincing, so I'll have to put it on my watch list and if I win the goodies, I'll surprise my coworkers with some presents....
Lori Rutherford
27. keirma
What a great contest.. My husband and I stop everything Monday night at 7PM to watch the show.
Lisa Henderson
28. panzy
First I loved the books, now I love both the book and TV series. As a longtime fan, it would be lovely to win some goodies - but regardless, thanks for the opportunity.
Scott Knight
29. bigsandwich6
Great books. Great show. Seems like a fun weekend.
tracy reed
31. trayc1970
This looks like an awesome event. It is wondeful when a whole town can come together to host this. This is a well written article.
Heather
32. heatherdpear
This sounds like a wonderful event. Since hubby and I watch the show together, it would be a fun trip even though a very long one from Ontario, Canada.
snow dog
33. snowdogmom
Wish I could have been. I've to Wyoming and really want to back.
el edwards
34. reid
stumbled into the TV show this year and am now a fan making my way thru the books. Lovely way to spend the summer
Michele Harrison
35. chelea_girl
That looks like so much fun! I hope I get to go one day!
Jen Forbus
36. jenforbus
Hey everybody! What great comments. And for everyone who said they need to try to make it, I say....JUST DO IT! This was my first trip to Wyoming and I'm glad I found a reason to visit. Someone mentioned how friendly Wyoming folks are and gosh, that was the truth.

Someone else mentioned how rare it is for actors to embrace their fans in this way and I couldn't agree more. The relationship that has obviously developed between Craig and the cast is really something. They have such a great respect for him. And the overwhelming feeling you got from the cast members was that they were humbled and awed that so many came to share this weekend with them.

It's all around good people and gosh it was just a blast. So if you can get out there, go. But do plan in advance! The hotels and motels all over town were completely booked!

Thanks for reading everyone!
Julia Holden
37. ethel55
What a great post! Some friends and I are planning to try and head out there next summer. Thanks so much for bringing back something for the rest of us!
Mirja Nelson
38. mtn2013
Another item just got added to my Bucket List -- love Wyoming already, but Longmire Days sounds like a blast!
elizabeth findlay
39. eafindlay
Love Longmire and can't get enough of it. Henry & Ferg are the bombs!!
v cess
40. AbbieNormal
Hmmm....I think I would need someone to hold my place in line while I scouted the ale and brats. By the end of the day I'm sure I would have added a joyful noise to the singing and dancing....how about it Craig? Robert? Join me? Now THAT would be a "goody"!
41. Mike W.
You all have started a wonderful tradition...just like the great books...keep up the good work!
Peggy Carpenter
42. CarpenterP
Nice recap of the event. May not be as nice as being there, but the pictures were still a good second place.
43. Kathy S.
We love the Longmire books and TV show, and we've turned a lot of friends onto them, too!
Diane Fowler
44. dfowler
Love Longmire series. The actors really bring the characters to life. Enjoy reading about Longmire Days. Special kudos to actors who appeared!
45. GHarding
What a great event. We've seen Craig Johnson here in Tucson the last two years at our Tucson Festival of Books. He's an interesting speaker and generous with his handshakes and pictures.
The events above are very interesting and I'd like to attend in the future.
Joyce Mitchell
46. JoyceLm
I love the Longmire books & the series. Thanks for the chance to win.
Rosemary Krejsa
47. grandpa5
I enjoy Longmire and never miss it. I've now started reading the books. This article was very interesting.
48. Galdrin
Count me in. Gonna have to put this on my calendar for next year. Looks like loads of fun.
Eileen Miller
49. egmiller
How can we find out when the next Longmire Days will be? We love this series and we record it, so we won't miss an episode, and I wouldn't be surprised if my husband wanted to make the trip. I really like being able to read the weekly recap, since it often picks up on things that I missed. This site might be called "Criminal Element" but it covers so much more than that. I recommend it to anyone who asks for mystery/thriller/detective/true crime book recommendations.
Jennifer Weaver
50. jlweaver1@comcast.net
Wish I had known about this - sounds like it would have been a great vacation! Love the books & the tv series......
Chi Shannon
51. anastasiafall
Wow, that's amazing! What a cool event! I'm super jealous :) I love the show and it's fantastic actors. How fun for the author too, seeing his work reach so many new people and to get to do a fun event like this! I have to throw my name in the hat to win! Thanks!! :)
52. Marqui
Sounds like fun
Patricia Schubert
54. talkingbooks
Looks like a fun time was had by all. I know that, whether it's in print, on tv, or the wonderful talking books of the National Library Service for the Blind, Longmire and his stories definitely hold my attention.
Donald Isaksen
55. donbbfan
Longmire IS HEAVEN on Earth!!!!! Next Years Vacation stop! Boyyyy Howwwwwwwwwwwwdeeeeeee!
Donbbfan!
56. R Young
Wow! Sounds like a good time. Wish I had known about it. Love the books - love the TV series.
Marisa Young
57. Risa
I love the books by Craig Johnson. I love the series with Robert Taylor.
Longmire Days sounds like a great event. Wish I had been there.
Lynn Jarrett
58. OkieReader
This sounds like a hoot!! I want to put this on my calendar for next year.
59. GC
Looks like a good time was had by all. Wish I had been there to enjoy it with them.
Trish Rucker
60. happyreader
Love Longmire! This looks like such a fun event.
61. KMac
Wyo always looks great
Tatiana deCarillion
62. decarillion
I don't know if I'll ever get to Wyoming, but your article almost made me feel like I had been to the festivities, so I guess that's close enough LOL Thanks for sharing this with us!
63. JOYCE ANNA BINKLEY
LONGMIRE IS THE ONLY TV SHOW I GIVE UP MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FOR. EVEN MY MOTHER-IN-LAW (88 YEARS OF AGE) WATCHES RELIGIOUSLY; SHE CALLS TO REMIND US EVERY MONDAY NIGHT.

THANKS FOR A QUALITY TELEVISION EVENT EVERY WEEK.
Joyce Delaney
64. joycedelaney
What a great week! Thank you, Jen. You brought it all to life for those of us who weren't there - but we were, sort of. :)
Deanna Stillings
65. reader123
Great idea for those of us who cannot get to Longmire Days. Thanks.
Alexander Torsky
66. Tenzin
Big fan! Sounds and looks like a great event!
Joanne Mielczarski
68. jtmswim
I love this show and I plan to read the books also. Can't wait 'til next season.
Judy Dorton
69. JADe48
I love this series,and watch it and want more..hope it'll keep going..also will get the books
Thad Linson
70. thadlinson
Great series, both on tv and in the books. It's heartening to see everyone taking the time to interact with the fans, as well as learning some of the Cheyenne culture. Wish I could've been there.
J Anders
71. Sunlady56
Thanks Criminal Element for the info on Longmire Days. Sounds like a great time!! :)
72. PatVan
Walt is the man!!!
What fun!
Vernon Luckert
73. vl4095
Love Wyoming, love Longmire; would love to win!
Diana  Meyer
74. vvwoman
Just started watching the show. Love it! Beautiful State.
Sharon Murray
76. smur56
Love the show and wish I lived in a town like "Durant"!
Sue Farrell
77. Suekey12
Love the show---wish I could have been there for the celebration.
Sharol Cutrell
78. sharol46
I hope Craig Johnson writes lots more books. He is the best living writer out there (in my opinion). The TV show is fine, but the books are WONDERFUL.
79. Lydia
We love Longmire! This sounds like a terrific way to experience the only show on tv whose season is too short. ;)
Patty Andersen
80. bookswoman
I so want to get over there for a Longmire Days. Thank you for sharing your experiences of the celebration.
Donald Hornbaker
81. Donaldthe
Longmire Days looks great!! Wish that I had been, but maybe next?
Marty Pedicini
82. mpedicini
I'm adding this to my list of fun activities to do! I love the show and would like it to continue for many more years!
Kristen Stewart
83. stewkris80
I would love to go next year! These are now some of my favorite books that I recommend to everyone who loves mysteries and good characters at my library!
84. mrw
Was Dog there? Vic is the STAR! And, I'll have the usual.
Virginia Campbell
85. VirginiaCampbell
Thank you, Craig Johnson--I've already said that more than once, and I expect to say it many more times.

What a fabulous event! When excellence is not only embraced, but exalted as well, don't we all walk a little taller? If you're like me, being touched by superb storytelling and awesome acting makes me want more of the same--more of the time. "LONGMIRE", in its entirety, is something very special indeed.

Longmire Days are Golden Days : )
Andra Dalton
87. andra77
Wow what an event!!! Sure hope someday to attend!!! Have read the books & watch the show faithfully never missing an episode!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win & good luck to all!!!
Mamie Eng
91. MengCE
Enjoy the TV series - Walt is the best!
92. ktpotat
What a fun prize package
Marie-Louise Molloy
93. Wezzie
I am so in LOVE with Walt Longmire!! I have read Craig's books but once I saw Robert Taylor, I was a goner~SWOONING! Want this win with all my heart!!
Patty Dump
94. 01whitty
I couldn't wait for the new television season. I'm hoping to collect this entire series! I'm on my way!
David Steele
95. dastidle
My favorite show and a great series of books. Maybe next year I will point my Ford Ranger toward .......
Diana Portwood
96. kittenmonster
Love the show, ready to start the books. The event sounds like a wonderful success, and plenty of fun!
Kathleen Tyree
97. stackwood
I've been jonsing for more Longmire, so am re-listening to the books while waiting for the next season - the event looks like it was a blast!
Jeanette Jackson
98. lindahl
My husband loves this show. I would like to win this for him.
charlene pierson
100. misscharly
Our daughter sent us this article, knowing how much my husband and I enjoy the tv series Longmire! We turn off the phone when watching every week! The story is powerful and the characters come to life with everyone of these great actors. Love, love, love it!
Ronald Roseborough
101. Ronrose1
Why haven't I heard of this before? I've got to win this contest for my favorite show.
102. Sherri Steinert-Brown
Looks like alot of fun I am in Montana maybe next year I will catch it
Ellen
103. Neroon
I had already heard about Longmire Days from the author at a signing. I hope I can get there one of these days.
Marika Haefner
105. Marika
Love the Longmire series. Planning a trip to Wyoming next summer!
Karen Barnett
106. kpbarnett
Your article, pictures - and blog - are the next best thing to being there! Thanks, Jen.
Leilani Shaffer
107. one18fifteen
Great town, great event...thanks for the article, reading it was 2nd best to being there myself!
Amy Harris
108. harri063
Read all the books twice. Absorb every episode. It's the only TV show I watch. Wish I could have been there. Unfortunately, NC is pretty far from Wyoming.
Kay Lovell
109. carlie2emily
When you read the books you realize that Craig and his alter-ego Walt are essentially good. He respects women and animals. He makes lifelong friendships. He writes hope into every book. This show with these very skillful actors gives us a dose of this hope every week. Thanks to all of the volunteers and to the town for making it possible to enjoy the setting.
Cheryl English
110. RoyalCheryl
This is a Pay It Foward moment. How wonderful.
111. Stan
Came from Columbia, MO and absolutely no regrets! My wife had heard about Longmire Days from another Facebook page. She hacked my account, "unliked" all my Longmire pages (so I wouldn't get any updates) and surprised me with this getaway. I thought we were coming to chill in the Bighorns. I had no idea until we hit the downtown area and saw the banners. Best. Surprise. Ever.

(I told Craig Johnson this and he just laughed and looked at my wife and said, "You are either a genius," then to me, "or you are really clueless." The Mrs and I just looked at each other and shrugged. "That's what I thought," he said, and we all laughed. Great memory.)

Anyway, what an amazing time! It was great meeting Mr. Johnson and even the actors, but Buffalo just did it right. I'm with Jen on this one. For those of you who think you "should" try to make the next one, just do it! You will NOT be disappointed.
Sherydee Toone
112. Sherydee
Looks like a great time was had by all! I never miss an episode of Longmire,and will sorely miss it when this season ends. Till next season,however,I'll keep busy reading through the Longmire Series. Thank you Craig Johnson for your wonderful characters and stories,and to all the superb actors for bringing them to life.
Diane Lankford
113. dlank600
What fun!! We were hoping to get there this year. Didn't quite do it, maybe next year!! Definitely a bucket list item!
Dani Schwader
114. Schwadertax
Longmire Days was a great weekend! We extended our stay for the concert in Crazy Woman Square by Adam Bartley and were so glad we decided to stay. The Longmire cast possess infinite patience and really did go the extra mile in making the fans happy. It's a great event to attend.
Dave Gershen
115. Dave Gershen
My wife and I went to our first "Longmire Days" this year from Lafayette CO, and had a total blast. We were amazed at how approachable and friendly all the actors were, and how they seemed to be having as good a time as the crowd. It is so refreshing to see "celebrities" that are genuinely grateful to their fans, willing to give back, and not on the all-too-common ego trips you usually see. Kudos to the town of Buffal0 for putting on such a great weekend!
Daniel Allen
116. dallen0728
"Longmire Days" is on my to do list. Since I was raised in Wyoming and "Longmire" is set in Wyoming. "Longmire'" is a great credit to Wyoming and the Wyoming Spirit. Love that fact that Buffalo is involved so much.
Judi Bondi
117. Longmire wannabe
What a great report on the Longmire Days Celebration. Thanks to the townspeople for hosting.
Merle Carrus
118. merle
Wow what fun. It is like jumping into your favorite book and being part of the plot. What a great idea to do with so many different series!
Kim K
119. Goaldigger
Thanks for the recap, sounds like a good time was had by all.
Kay Artley
120. Tahoeborzoi
Spent 5 days in the Buffalo area. Love the town and the Big Horn mountains. Got my picture taken with Adam Bartley. Plan to be back next year.
vickie dailey
121. kidcurry
i'm not that familiar with Longmire - to go to Wyoming has been a place I've always wanted to visit. After readng about Longmire days I'm now interested in learing more about both
Mason Canyon
122. MasonCanyon
Sounds like a fascinating event to attend. Thanks for sharing.
Jackie Tweed
123. tweed524
OMG Love the Longmire books & TV series. Thanks so much for sharing this awsome event. Would love to be there next year.
Carol Dunn
124. Scorpgal
We planned our vacation around Longmire days--hit Yellowstone at one end of WY and the Black Hills after Buffalo. This little town was jumping! Craig Johnson perched on the librarian's desk and discussed his writing for at least 90 minutes. Even, Judy, (he termed her "The Angry Woman") couldn't keep him on schedule! His thought process inspires me to write down the story in my head.
Rhonda Lane
125. NightTrainLane
Thank you for sharing your trip to this awesome event. The comments are also enjoyable. I'm hoping A&E renews the TV series, even though we'll definitely have new books, too.
Carol Greet
126. CBG
I was there for my second year, and it is great fun! The actors and Craig are just great, and I recommend it strongly!
Linda Hall
128. quilteronline
Second year I've attended Longmire Days. Enjoyed meeting the stars, and meeting other Longmire fans.
Have watched the series since it started, and have read all the books.
Waiting to hear if the show will be renewed for season 4.
deb wallen
129. deb in atlanta
Sorry! I didn't get logged in the first time. Anyway--loved the article. Boy Howdy!
Planning on a trip to "Absaroka" next year for sure with my kids. I'm sure hoping we get a Season 4 of the show, but even so, Craig has many more books for us to love.
vicki wurgler
130. bison61
my husband and I watch the Longmire show I'd love to win the swag
Alexandria Amorim
131. alexandriaamorim
What a great article! I've always wanted to attend, but this makes me want to attend Longmire Days even more!
132. Andinwyo
My husband and I both enjoy your show, that is a rarity.
Dawn Branaman
133. mooseatolla
Nice article, great photos and a what a nice weekend it was. Kudos to to everyone who helped things run smoothly.
Jeff Quest
134. jquest922
Love the books and the show. Would love to make it someday!
Phil Cooper
135. kccc8688
Buffalo WY ! What a great town full of very hospitable people! My family made the drive from Oxford, Mississippi to Buffalo for all 4 Longmire Days and I must say it was the very best vacation of my 55 years. I thought Southern Hospitality was invented down south BUT after spending time in Buffalo, I now truly believe Southern Hospitality began in Wyoming. Some of the nicest people on earth. As the others have said, the actors were fabulous, spending so much of their time with us fans. Craig Johnson is the type person that each and every state in the US would love to have for its ambasador! Won't go on and on but with certainty, we will be back next year to visit our adopted State of Wyoming!! Thanks Buffalo!!!!
Iris Harbert
138. Iharb
What a wonderful write up. I am looking forward to next years's event.
Carrie Leatherman
139. CarrieLeatherman
Going to make my husband take me next year. I am DYING to see Wyoming. Thank you JenForbus for your article. Thank you Craig Johnson for being such a fantastic author! Can't get enough Longmire!
Jeannine Bryant
140. awolfhowls
I am so glad that I started watching Longmire when it first premiered. I LOVE the show and have since begun reading the books by Mr Johnson. I must say, I love the books, too! I would really enjoy attending the Longmire Days and hope I am able to. This looks like an extremely fun event for fans, locals, & cast. Thank you for this excellent write up.
Sally Schmidt
141. bigcootie
I knew we should have retired in Wyoming! Love Longmire - print and television. Sounds like a good vacation event for next year.
Steve Scott
142. John H. Watson
Well, we missed (Darn!) Season One, but have been watching ever since. Going to have to see if there's a DVD set out. This series has made me want to read the books. They sound like they may be worthy of a place alongside my Tony Hillerman series.
Joyce Bauman
143. LongmireAddict
Thank you JenForbus for your article. My husband and I attended Longmire Days this year and really enjoyed it. The community, Craig Johnson and all the actors were so friendly and it was fun to be a part of it. Having met the actors gives you a whole new perspective when watching the show.
One slight hitch in our weekend: We called to inform the motel that we would be arriving late on Friday night. What a shock and surprise to find that they had closed the motel! We had called the reservation line about 3 months in advance to be sure we had a room for the weekend! In visiting with a local at the Busy Bee on Sunday morning, we were informed that the motel had closed 2 or 3 years ago!!!
We have met Craig Johnson several times and enjoy the stories he tells. We felt it was awesome that he walked through the lines of people waiting for autographs and visited with them.
Laura Ferradino
144. lferradino
I grew up in northern Wyoming in the 50's-60's, mostly lived in Sheridan. I have read every one of Craig Johnson's books, some of them twice. He takes me home again...I love Wyoming, and I love Walt Longmire!
Saundra K. Warren
145. shortiew
I love this show, wished it lasted alot longer than it does! The books are great too!
Debbie Eurom
146. dflorida
Great article--I've loved Wyoming since first visiting Yellowstone as a kid, and absolutely love Craig Johnson's writing and the series. This is a rare instance where I hardly ever mind where the visual representation varies from the books (although I miss Dog). I never want it to end!!!
147. Shelly York
I am so hooked on Longmire.
Joy Isley
148. JOYE
This is my favorite show on television. All of the characters are great. They prove the theory that you can't keep a good man (or woman) down!
The scenery is awesome, the acting believable, and the stoy lines interesting. Hope it continues for a long time.
Jennifer Vandenberg
149. LadyJay
Okay, I'm going next year. I just finished Hell is Empty and I'm suffering Walt Longmire withdrawal. Good thing I have the next book already in my Kindle. I'm sure the best way to keep the withdrawal at bay is to plan to attend Longmire Days next year. It is on my calendar and I'm buying my cowboy hat. A big thanks to everyone who brings this remarkable world to life and to Craig Johnson for dreaming it all up in the first place.
150. Karen Hooker
From the first chapter of "The Cold Dish" I was hooked on Craig Johnson's awesome writing and the characters he created. Both have only gotten better through the years and evolving into the series has been just wonderful. My daughter came from Montana and I came up from Cheyenne to meet for Longmire Days. It was well worth our saving money for a year to be at this event. Craig and his lovely wife Judy are such warm, wonderful and funny people to know. They have not been changed by fame & fortune and how awesome is that? Every winter (which can be long in Wyoming) I re-read each book in order to stay "connected" with his marvelous characters until spring brings new stories & shows. Thanks to everyone who makes Longmire Days possible!
mary collard
151. mcollard97
I love this series, the TV program but especially the books. Wish I could have been at the celebration. Looks like it was a great time.
Pat Goodsom
152. bearlodgepg
Love the books, Craig is a master on the page and in person. 1st Longmire Days this year, we will be back. Thanks Ferg and Vic for leading the bike run. Ferg, you can keep my marker...gotta get Walt to sign my hat next time.
Dennis and Donna Jackson
153. wydjackson
Had a great time in Durant this year. Hope the show gets renewed and we will see everyone again next year.
Joseph Saxon
154. joesaxon
Everything about the books and the show, makes you want to live in Durant. It reminds us of when we used to believe in more.
John Lowrey
155. head0fst33l
Nice story, had no idea this was a thing. Thanks!!
Jim Belcher
156. librarypops
Not much into autographs, but this looks like a place to be. Got to get it on my calendar.
Kristine Hall
157. kristinehall
This looks like such a blast for fans! My 80-year-old dad recently discovered the Longmire books, and no lie, downloaded ALL of them on his iPad. I told him about the festival and sent your article to him and he loved it. Thanks for sharing and for the give away!
Lara Maynard
159. baylou
What a fun time! Good luck all for the Longmire sweepstakes -- especially me!
Jeanne Ringland
160. opiejeanne
About a month ago a friend was raving on Facebook about the Longmire tv series, so we watched the first one and then I thought, "This is based on a book, or series of books!" I downloaded the first one to my eReader, and then I downloaded all I could find as well as the short story collections.
The tv series is excellent, the actors have really captured the characters from the written page, but the books are even better. I realize that's mainly because you can't recreate some of the things from the books on the screen, but the bonus is that when I read the books I hear and see the actors doing the things described on the page, and when I watch the series I just know that Vic is swearing up a storm just out of our hearing. In the books she uses the "f" word very effectively to express a wide range of emotions, sort of the way some people use "dude", but better.
Heh.
Christina Roberts
161. anaria
I hope to attend one year and make it part of a vacation to that part of the country. Love the show and it would be fun to see the town portrayed in the show/books.
Christi Loper
162. Christi3147
Love Walt and Henry Standing Bear in particular, but all the other guys are great too.
MJ Martin
163. wildflower630
Longmire Days was GREAT! Drove 24 hrs round trip and it was worth every minute of it! The cast were most gracious in singing autographs. There were 10 yr olds to 80 yr olds there. Of course my fave was The Ferg! Lots of free things to do: Pow-pow, softball game, street dance. Kids would love it to . Buffalo is a fun little western town with the beautiful Big Horn mountains surrounding it. Everyone is friendly and happy. I highly recommend Longmire Days to fans of the show!
Lynell Cash
164. lynell
My husband got me into watching the TV show and I love watching it. Haven't read the books yet. We attended Longmire Days this year. It was a lot of fun!
165. Victoria Hunt
I have loved Craig Johnson since A COLD DISH!!! Wished I lived closer! Love the books....love the series!!! Great article!
Victoria Pueschel
166. vikmaui
Wow! this looks excellent! the show, the books, the event! I'm excited to explore and get to know it all. Thanks!
Lora Glass
167. Lora
This is a great article. Longmire is my favorite TV series...can't believe we only have one more show left.
Mary Marley
168. mhmarley
Dang it! I missed Longmire Days.
Blocking out vacation time for next year. And the year after and.. let's hope the show is renewed for many years to come!
Allison Moyer
169. The Loopy Librarian
I would love to attend Longmire Days! It looks like a blast!
Brian Eason
170. brianpiero
Thanks for the giveaway… great series of books & TV adaptation !
Darlene Reid-Rericha
171. drericha
I love Longmire!! Would absolutely, positively love to win!!
Sara Staben
173. aquaphilic
So glad I clicked on the link from Craig Johnson's Facebook page to this piece on Longmire Days. The festivities sound like a blast and that the cast of Longmire (and the people in Buffalo) seem as welcoming as Johnson is at a reading. Can't wait to visit Buffalo and Longmire country next year.
Barbara Lima
174. barblima
I love Longmire, I see why it's so popular with regular people like us.
Cindi Hoppes
176. CindiHoppes
Oh, I how I wish how could have been an attendee, at Longmire
Days... It won't stop me from being a big fan of the show, though!
Thanks for sharing the pictures and discussion with us...
Cindi
jchoppeshotmailcom
Sandra Boggs
177. PrincessWhite
Great article. Really wish I had been able to attend Longmire Days.
Jen Staben
178. jestaben
I wished I had been able to attend BEFORE I read this piece and now I really wish I had been able to go. Next year, a road trip to Wyoming may be in order.
179. stitchkat
Looks like a good time was had by all! Since I wasn't there, I'd love to have a treat or two.
Angela Lee
180. Angela J
Love the Longmire book and TV series. Sounds like Longmire Days is worth checking out next year.
Richard Phillips
181. JKrabbie
As a big fan of the series, I was excited to read about Longmire Days. Hopefully, I can attend a future event!
mrs spumoni
182. takesone
For cool!

Note to self: say "Boy Howdy" more often.

And make it to Buffalo at the earliest Longmirean opportunity.
Shelia Bumgarner
183. AQuaker
I am over the moon for Craig Johnson and the success of the Longmire mystery series. The television show is good, and the cast is great, but I am partial to the books. Longmire Days has a lot going for it: meeting Craig, the cast of Longmire, baseball, jazz, a real Indian Pow Wow set in beautiful Wyoming. May its success be long.
karen bowman
184. karayray88
Absolutely love Longmire! Excellent series.
tina pettit
185. tina
love love love longmire -books and show. when will we know if the series has been renewed for a 4th season?!?!? I've had to limit myself to the books so they won't run out too soon!!! can'tget enough!
186. Rocky
I am a big fan of Craig Johnson's books and Longmire. I was able to attend Longmire Days this year and really enjoyed it. It was great meeting the actors, getting their autographs and having Mr. Johnson sign my book. I took alot of pictures that day and I hope that I get to attend Longmire Days again next year.
Karen Terry
187. bblol65
This is one of my favorite shows. I watched it since it has been on air. I like Longmire but also like Vic. She is very strong and don't take any stuff.
188. Clifford Aspinall
Moving to Buffalo in two months - can't wait to come next year!
Clifford Aspinall
190. cliffaspinall
One more time - moving to buffalo soon! Looking forward to this event next year.
Brenda Hansen
192. brendagail
What a great time we had. Kudos to all involved. Wyoming hospitality is the best!
Heather Martin
193. CrystalMirror
What a great way for a town to stimulate their economy. And to have fun!
197. Dawn K
looks like a great giveaway
Ryan Campbell
198. md77ma
I'm so disappointed i didn't know about this event sooner! I will definetly be there next year if they hold the event again!! Yeah Longmire!
Betty Breier
199. BLB
Great article by my favorite blogger, Jen Forbus. I started reading Craig Johnson's series because of her recommendation. I love the books and really enjoy the TV show. Hope to make it to this event in the future.
Kimberly Hilbert
201. asketcher2
This is very cool, I do wish I would have known about it earlier. I'll have to mark my calendar for next year.
202. hww
All the Longmire books are great and the show is wonderful
HESTER MAYO
203. ellhesmay
Reminds me of the good ole days of Wagon Train, Bonanza...
Patrick Murphy
204. Ditch
I just started watching this show last week. Looks very good.
205. Mike Weisberg
Love this show
marti kastner
208. tombuckdoe
Traveling 16 hours to Buffalo, Wyoming for Longmire Days was a highlight of a lifetime. There was enjoyment in steping back to enjoy life without a Walmart or Menards but rather the Busy Bee, Occidental Hotel/Saloon, Cold Dish, Big Horn Hotel, and good folks of Buffalo. But then we also have the man from Ucross - Craig Johnson who made it all happen with his talented style of writing and then A&E picking up on good television watching plus being part of the Longmire Days also. A Longmire Fan for Life. (-:
Jen Forbus
209. jenforbus
Boy oh boy. I wish I would have known so many of you were there, we could have corrdinated a CE meet-up! I am glad many of you were able to experience it, too.

Someone asked about finding out when next year's is. I'm sure Craig will announce it on his Facebook page and website, but you can also follow the Buffalo Chamber on Facebook, I'm sure they'll announce when dates are set for 2015.

And no, Dog was not in attendance, but he was discussed...and Adam Bartley brought his dog, Virgil, with him!
211. Ginny
I want to win something that says Boy Howdy!!!
Karen Minter
213. Muscoe22
I love this show. I haven't missed an episode yet!
john frost
214. jackfro
one of the better shows on tv. the event looks like a lot of fun
215. Emily Grant
Wish I could have been there!! Have recently become hooked on this show. It is fantastic!!
susan beamon
216. susanbeamon
Been enjoying the show since episode one.
David Bross
218. dkbross
I looked into going this year a few months ago and could not get a room anywhere near there. I will plan to register for 2015 soon! Love the show and have been reading the books since they first came out.
Jodi Lovell
220. kkrzx2
Awesome weekend with a kind and down to earth cast. They all were so friendly and appreciative of the fans. I plan on making making more of the festivitiesnext year. Thank you to all of the volunteers for making this a wonderful Wyoming experience for all.
Susan Robinette
221. susanrob
Great write-up! Wish I could have been there -- maybe next year.
john zeiger
223. marleyboots
Found the show on NetFlicks and didn't take me long to watch them all. Now I need to start reading his books as he has done Wyoming Proud
Jennifer I
224. singingserpent
Love the books and the television show both. Looks like the community really hosted a great event.
Tallulah
225. madhoydenish
I just started watching the show. The event looks like it was a lot of fun. Thanks for the giveaway.
Doris Wahl
226. dmw100
Thanks for the update and the opportunity to win the swag! Hope to see this celebration for myself next year!
Mihaela Day
227. michaelax
What a great article! It must have been wonderful to be able to attend.
Kelley Tackett
229. tackettfamilyky
Craig Johnson looks like a completely different person without facial hair. This looks like so much fun. I thought I would cry when SPOILER Henry torched The Red Pony.
Mina Gerhart
231. Kitty14
Wow, what a cool event! I might have to go to Longmire Days!
Thanks for the cool contest 8D

Mindy :)
Birdsooong@comcast.net
babs allen
232. babsji
I've been trying to stay away from Longmire on the internet to avoid spoilers for this season. Mondays this summer have been hectic, so I've been having to catch the reruns. It sounds like the town has a lot of fun during filming. :) Would love to win.
Samantha Cox
234. aznnymph09
the books are wonderful... I s Longmire! I hope I win! :)
Russell Moore
235. russrpm
We were looking for a place in that part of the country to vacation. Thanks for the idea.
Laurie Emerson
238. laura57
This is one of my favorite shows. I love the how multi-dimensional all of the characters are especially Branch this year.
Barbara Ryan
241. bamr07
I plan to visit WY next summer. I am planning to read the series before I come. After reading about the
the annual Longmire Days, I will add this event and town to my plans.
barbara stenby
243. wikichoco
Longmire is a great show! I've watched from the 1st episode! Love the whole cast! Wisj I could have gone! Thanks for the amazing prize!
244. Alena Svetelska
my husband would absolutly love this.
alena svetelska
245. alee1972
my husband would absolutly love this.
Jason Allen
246. Tom Wopat
Awesome show! The scenery of WY (in reality NM) brought me in and the stories and acting got me hooked. Can't wait to take my wife and son to this next year.
matt lehman
248. polyfuze420
longmire is sweet thanks for the giveaway
Susan Smoaks
249. susansmoaks
longmire is my favorite, i would love to win!!!
250. DIANNA MARTIN
I love the Longmire show. I would love to win.
Heather Cowley
251. choochoo
This would be such a cool gift for my mother, who absolutely loves this series!
Sandra Christine Lopez
252. Atreau
My parents are obsessed with this series!
Candie Luster
254. cluster77
I have heard a lot aabout this and would love to win. Thank you
Kim Johnston
255. Kimbirdie8
My husband and I EAGERLY look forward to watching Longmire on Mondays. Our TV station plays it twice back to back to catch all the interesting little details. Then, we discuss the "what ifs" all week long. Longmire is way better than most television series because it's the quality of the details!
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