Robert Taylor, the actor who plays the title character on the TV series “Longmire,” won’t be able to appear in person at Buffalo’s Longmire Days this year.
Taylor is unable to attend in person because of Australian coronavirus restrictions that ban overseas travel by citizens. Taylor and several other actors from the series will instead appear in online and live-streamed events during the weekend.
“This decision to change was hard to make knowing that many of you have made your reservations and travel plans,” the event’s organizers said in an announcement on the Longmire Days website. “We hope we have given you, the fans, enough time to change those plans if you decide to, and we are grateful for your kindness and understanding.”
Other actors appearing at Longmire Days virtually include Katee Sackhoff, Adam Bartley, Bailey Chase, Louanne Stephens and A Martinez.
Longmire Days, which will be held Sept. 2-5 in Buffalo, commemorates the series of books about Sheriff Walt Longmire, which was then adapted into a six-season television and streaming series, which can now be viewed in its entirety on Netflix.
The Longmire Foundation noted that this year’s Longmire Days will be smaller in scale than past years, recalling the first event in 2012 when series author Craig Johnson sat outside, talked with fans and signed books.
This year’s schedule of events hasn’t been finalized, but the organizers intend to host question and answer sessions, book signings with Johnson, a 5K run, a rodeo and a street dance in Buffalo’s downtown.
“If you are still planning to come to Buffalo, we have a weekend for you!” the organizers said. “We are scaled back a bit, but will still be in the same beautiful setting celebrating the best book series ever written along with one of the best TV series. (Craig did not write this. We are all fans too.) Come see us for the weekend!”
Last year’s Longmire Days was moved to a completely online format due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally slated to be held this month, but organizers moved it to Labor Day weekend back in January due to safety concerns.