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After Two-Year Hiatus, Longmire Days Returned To Buffalo; Thousands Travel To Celebrate 

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily 

Dedicated fans of the television show “Longmire” celebrated the return of a popular event in Buffalo that honors the series and its characters. 

People began descending on the town Wednesday evening in anticipation of four days of events that would put them in close proximity with their favorite Sheriff, Walt Longmire, played on the television series by Australian actor Robert Taylor. 

“Oh, honey, I never missed an episode,” said Dawn Lensert, who was at Longmire Days this weekend with her friend Tami Hobbs. Lensert owns a store in Douglas, “307 Decor and More,” and brought her wares to the event’s craft fair. 

Lensert and Hobbs had been shopping in downtown Buffalo when Lensert heard the distinctive voice of Robert Taylor. 

“I found Tammy,” Lensert said. “And I’m like, ‘Tammy, the voice! I heard it, and it’s in the back of the store.’” 

She said she and Dobbs caught up with Taylor, who couldn’t have been nicer.

“He put his arm around each of us, took a picture,” said Lensert. “It was just fun.” 

Appeal of “Longmire” 

In Craig Johnson’s popular “Longmire” books, the fictional town of “Durant” is based on the town of Buffalo. Back in 2012, community leaders launched a celebration of the “Longmire” television show, which has brought thousands of fans to the small town in northeast Wyoming each year to meet and interact with their favorite cast members. 

In previous years, actors like A Martinez (Jacob Nighthorse), Bailey Chase (Deputy Branch Connally), Katee Sackhoff (Deputy Vic Moretti) and Adam Bartley (“The Ferg”) have made the trek to Buffalo for the event, along with most of the other recurring cast members. This year, budget and scheduling issues meant that only the title character, played by Taylor, was able to attend. 

“I adore (Buffalo),” Taylor told Cowboy State Daily. “I just think it’s beautiful. And I love the people. Anybody that likes the show I tend to gravitate towards – they’re my kind of people.”  

Taylor said despite the fact that the show ended its Netflix run in 2017, it still appeals to a wide audience.

“The show’s regularly in the top 20, and often in the top 10, streamers on the planet, which is remarkable,” he said. “It’s the only show at that level that’s not in production.” 



Making the Trip 

Despite the fact that the “Longmire” show hasn’t been in production for over five years, fans still travel hundreds – in some cases, thousands – of miles to Buffalo every year to celebrate the characters, the setting and the stories. 

“We’ve had book clubs from Australia attend,” said Jennifer McCormick, director of the Longmire Foundation. “We’ve had fan groups from all over Europe. It’s been amazing what Longmire has done for our community, and for the Longmire fan community.” 

Some fans, though, traveled a shorter distance. Larry McGranahan, who recently moved to Sheridan from Oregon, said he couldn’t pass up the chance to take the half-hour drive south for Longmire Days. 

“(It was the) perfect opportunity to get a chance to see the town a little bit closer, see the town of ‘Durant’,” McGranahan said.  

His daughter, Mariah, who said she read the first book, really likes the television show. 

“It’s intriguing,” she said. “It’s a type of show that will keep you watching.” 



Super Fans 

Some fans took out all the stops to show their love for their favorite modern-day western — like Tammy Bachman from South Dakota, who has autographs from the entire cast tattooed on her legs.  

“I’ve been coming since ‘17,” said Bachman. “I got (the tattoo of) Walt in ‘18, and I got (the tattoo of the title and autographs) in ‘19.”  

Or Greg Falk from Poynette, Wisconsin, whose love for the show prompted him to restore a 1994 Ford Bronco – just like Sheriff Longmire’s ride in the books and television show. 

“My niece gave me the DVDs to watch, and I fell in love with the show,” he said, adding that he’s now watched the show 36 times. “So I decided to make my own Bronco.” 

Falk said he found the vehicle he wanted in Arizona, and had it shipped to Wisconsin. 

“I had it painted in the Poynette at the body shop, and my buddy put all the stickers on it,” he said. 

At that point, the interview was interrupted by Taylor, who had broken away from the long line of fans waiting for his autograph to banter with Falk. Falk grinned when the actor walked away. 

“I was hoping we could meet him when we were coming out, but didn’t have any idea,” he said. “But my niece set it up. And yeah, this is a dream come true, I guess.” 

Chet Carlson, a friend of Johnson’s who has been involved in the event from its inception, relayed a story about a woman from California whose love for the show, and the decency of its characters, may have literally saved her life. 

“From what they’ve explained, when grandma’s husband passed, she was kind of in a funk, a little bit of a downward spiral, and discovered ‘Longmire,’” said Carlson. “I think just seeing that kind of basic human decency again, they said it’s just revitalized her. The daughter said they’ve never seen her smile the way she has on this trip.” 

Two-Year Hiatus 

Author Craig Johnson told Cowboy State Daily that the last two years they’ve had to hold Longmire Days as a virtual event because of the pandemic. 

“Not to complain about those virtual events, because, I mean, (the Longmire Foundation was) able to put out about $80,000 worth of charitable donations to a number of very, very worthy organizations,” he said. “Organizations like the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, like Canine Warriors, and a number of others. Even some local charities, like the Johnson County Search and Rescue.”  

Johnson was very pleased with this year’s event, despite the two-year hiatus. 

“Amazingly enough, it has not been a disaster,” he said. “After two years of doing it virtually, it was always a little bit questionable as to how we were going to do this, and how well it was going to operate.” 

Johnson credited the volunteers who dedicated hours of their time to putting on the event.  

“We’ve been extraordinarily fortunate that an awful lot of the people that have been involved with Longmire days over the years are still with us,” he said.  

“COVID kind of ruined it a bit, but it’s still been an unbelievable weekend,” said Taylor. “It’s been great.” 

“Every event has been sold out,” said Carlson. “It’s kind of nice when it’s this size, it’s a little more personal. (Taylor and Johnson) have a chance to actually visit with everybody who comes through.” 

The Future of Longmire Days 

Taylor and Johnson both say plans are in the works for next year, despite the lower numbers at this year’s event. 

“I vote yes, keep doing it,” said Taylor. “We’ll get some more actors back, it’s just more fun with more people, more of my old friends. It’s like a reunion.” 

“It’s been really kind of a wonderful Longmire Days this year, with just Robert and I – you know, just the two ‘Walts,’” said Johnson. “Next year, what we have is the hope that we’ll get the entire cast back here, and get the band back together again.” 



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“Longmire Days” Returns to Buffalo, Wyoming On August 18

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

It’s been two years since Walt and “The Ferg” patrolled the streets of Buffalo. 

Robert Taylor and Adam Bartley, the actors who played Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire and Deputy Sheriff Archie Ferguson in the television show “Longmire,” are returning to Buffalo, the inspiration for the fictional community of Durant. 

“Longmire Days,” a festival centered on the books and television show created by local author Craig Johnson, is returning on August 18 – 21 after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

On the schedule for the four-day event are horseback rides, author talks, a live charity auction, a 5k fun run, a street dance, a rodeo, and of course, opportunities to interact with the show’s stars.



“Longmire” Lives

Although the television show itself ended in 2017, its characters live on in the hearts of fans.

The show, which ran for a total of six seasons, starred Robert Taylor, Katee Sackoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman, Bailey Chase, LouAnne Stephens, Zahn McClarnon, A Martinez and Adam Bartley, along with high-profile recurring guest stars like Peter Weller, Graham Greene, Charles S. Dutton and Gerald McRaney.

Of the regular cast, only Taylor and Bartley are confirmed to attend this year’s Longmire Days.

“We are thrilled to have Rob and Adam,” said Jennifer McCormick, director of the Longmire Foundation. “I think we’re five years past the TV series, so we’re excited that they still want to participate. Rob is coming clear from Australia for the event.”

“We couldn’t do Longmire days without Walt Longmire and Robert Taylor,” Johnson told Cowboy State Daily. “He was going to have to be on the short list of individuals that we would get here for Longmire days – and without his sidekick, Adam, the Ferg, that probably wouldn’t work either.”

The Longmire Foundation

The over-arching purpose of the annual festival is to raise money for charity, said McCormick.

“Last year, we were able to donate $30,000 to the national Indigenous women’s resource center,” she said. “We donated $10,000 to Johnson County Search and Rescue. We donate $5,000 a year to our local rodeo. It’s a good way for us to support something that is uniquely Western and is a huge benefit to our community.”

Johnson took the blame for having a slightly smaller budget for the event this year, saying he pushed to give away more funds after last year’s virtual event.

“We gave away close to $50,000 last year,” he said. “And so, if anybody is to blame for us cutting down a little bit this year, it’s probably my fault.”

But Johnson clarified that the charitable aspect of Longmire Days is what drives him to support it. every year.

“I’m kind of proud of the fact that the amount of money that we’ve given away to charity has grown practically every year,” he said, “to the point now where we’re giving away close to $50,000 a year, which is really kind of wonderful.”



Special Guests

Johnson said in order to plan the event with a smaller budget, charities had to be the priority.

“The thing we’re trying to make sure happens is that we don’t spend all of our money, and not have any money for charities,” he said. “Charities are really are kind of like the lifeblood and the whole purpose and reason behind Longmire days.”

But Johnson said he has hopes that next year, funding will allow for more cast members to attend.

“We have great hopes that next year we’ll be all back up on our feet, with the whole cast and everything,” he said, adding that the actors have been more than willing to work with organizers.

“They’ve been wonderful and understanding, what it is that we’re attempting to do,” Johnson said, “and why it is that we had to do it this year with a smaller cast.”

Ticketed Events

General Aadmission tickets, which are necessary to participate in any of the workshops or other special events, went on sale last week. McCormick said ticket sales are going well.

“We’re just kind of comparing it to the last two years, (which were) a virtual event, and we seem to be getting a great response,” she told Cowboy State Daily. “Ticket sales have been brisk yesterday, and then today. We’re still selling general admission tickets.”

Johnson said a new event on the schedule this year that he thinks will be of great interest to fans is called “The Hardware of Longmire.”

“We have a wonderful exhibit expert coming over from the Buffalo Bill Museum right there in Cody,” he said, explaining that the Firearms Museum at Buffalo Bill Center of the West recently put together an exhibit of the weapons used in the Longmire books and television show.

“They’ll discuss the weapons that are used in Longmire, and discuss which ones came over from the books, you know, why do we use them.”



Johnson said that event will also feature one of the unofficial cast members – Walt’s patrol vehicle, a beat-up Ford Bronco. 

“I think we’re going to have one of the Broncos parked there at the Jim Gatchell for the event,” he said, “and people will be able to go over and get their photo taken with the Bronco.” 

Other special events on the schedule include a new activity that McCormick said she is thrilled about. 

“We’re working with the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum this year on a brand-new event that is going to be centered around the history of Johnson County,” she said, “with Robert and Adam doing diary readings and reading confessions of individuals from back during the Johnson County Cattle War.”

Additionally, Johnson plans to host a workshop for budding authors titled “So You Want To Write A Book,” featuring his publishing agent, Gail Hoffman; as well as a session led in which Johnson will partner with Taylor to talk about the differences between Walt the book character and Walt the television character.

“I came up with the original idea for Walt, and populated him from an awful lot of sheriffs that I know here in Wyoming and Montana,” said Johnson. “And I approached it as an author approaching a standalone book, and then a series of books.”

But Taylor had a completely different approach to bring the character of Walt Longmire to life, which Johnson said he noticed as soon as he watched Taylor’s audition.

“I actually voiced the opinion, I thought Robert was the most ‘sheriff-DNA’ actor that we had to try out for the role,” he said. “His approach, and how he built the character and how he decided different things that he wanted to do, and how he wanted to do it.” 

“Hell And Back”

For the first time in the ten-year history of “Longmire Days,” the man who started it all will be previewing the next adventure of Walt, Deputy “Vic” Moretti, Henry Standing Bear, Walt’s daughter Cady, and the rest of the beloved cast of characters.

“I had viewers and readers and everybody that jumped all over me,” Johnson said. “They said, ‘How come when you’ve got a book coming out about two or three weeks later, we don’t get a book event at Longmire Days?’ And I was like, ‘That’s actually a really good question.’ Because it is an opportunity to do a little bit of a preview for the next book that’s coming out, which is I think number 18 in the series.”

Johnson’s “Longmire” books have been on the New York Times bestseller list since the beginning, and translated into about 30 languages. His latest book, “Hell And Back,” is slated for a Sept. 6 release. 

But Johnson said he doesn’t know why he hasn’t thought to do an author talk at the annual event that celebrates his characters – but is remedying that oversight with an event on Thursday evening, August Aug. 18, at 7:00 p.m. titled “Hell and Back With Craig Johnson – A Longmire Novel Event.”

“It’s going to be just like a regular book event that will happen with the book tour a couple of weeks later,” he said.

Bringing Back the Live Events

Johnson said resuming the in-person event brings its own uncertainties.

“After not doing a live Longmire Days for two years, we’re kind of like walking-before-we-run kind of a thing,” he said, “because it’s an extraordinary amount of effort and labor. It’s something akin to herding cats, to a certain extent.”

Johnson said he was surprised at how well-received the virtual events have been the last two years.

“The virtual events were extraordinarily successful, much more successful than I thought they would be,” he said. “And that kind of opened up the event to a worldwide audience. And so, for a lot of people, for whatever the reasons are – their health, financial reasons, all these different things – they might not have ever gotten the chance to really partake in Longmire days.”

The Lasting Appeal of “Longmire”

Although production of the TV show ended more than five years ago, McCormick said there’s something about the show that keeps fans coming back to “Durant” year after year.

“I think they connect with Walt Longmire as a character – as something that they feel we’ve lost now in our way of life, as we get more modern in our society,” she said. “And I think a lot of people come out, too, because they’ve made so many great friends during Longmire days.”

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Author Craig Johnson Says No Immediate Plans to Bring Back ‘Longmire’ Series

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

Since its debut on the A&E Network on June 3, 2012, the television series “Longmire” has garnered thousands of fans across the globe.

No one has benefited from the exposure provided by the television show more than the Wyoming author behind the book series that inspired the show, Craig Johnson. 

Although Johnson’s books about the tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold sheriff of fictional Absaroka County in Wyoming had already put him on the New York Times bestseller list, the show’s success raised Johnson’s profile significantly.

“There’s no way that publishers can match the amount of publicity that a film or television can garner,” Johnson told Cowboy State Daily. “I still remember sitting in a bookstore on Sunset Boulevard and looking out the window where I could see a 26-floor Robert Taylor/Walt Longmire on the side of a building looking down at me.”

And although the show only lasted six seasons – three on A&E and three on Netflix – the popularity of the characters and the books has continued, spawning an annual celebration in Buffalo (the inspiration for the series’ setting, “Durant”) as well as multiple social media fan pages.

Victims Of Success

Johnson explained that the show’s move away from its highly successful run on A&E to Netflix, and then its cancellation in 2017 on Netflix was, in a way, a result of its success.

“I’m afraid we were victims of our own success in that A&E, faced with three seasons of the highest-rated show in their network history, decided to buy ‘Longmire’ from the producing studio, Warner Brothers,” he said.

“A broadcaster can make a lot more money off a show if they own it, rather than leasing it from a studio, but Warner Brothers knew they had a hit on their hands with ‘Longmire’ and wouldn’t sell,” he said. “A&E, in a fit of pique, decided that if they couldn’t buy the highest-rated, scripted show they’d ever had—would cancel it. Which they did.”

However, Johnson said the network wasn’t prepared for the backlash it received from fans who had fallen in love with the character of Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire and his friends (and enemies).

“The result was that they lost almost a third of their viewing audience,” Johnson said, “numbers they still haven’t recouped for more than 10 years now.”

When Netflix picked up “Longmire” once again, Warner Brothers’ refusal to sell the franchise resulted in the show’s end.

“It quickly became one of the highest-rated, original-content shows they’ve ever had,” Johnson said. “Smooth sailing for two more seasons and then guess what? Netflix wanted Warner Brothers to sell ‘Longmire’ to them. Once again, Warner Brothers wouldn’t bite, but at least this time Netflix was gracious enough to allow the show a final season to wrap things up.”

Where It Gets Weird

But here’s where it gets weird, according to Johnson.

“Both Netflix and Warner Brothers probably figured that the show would linger there for a few years and then Longmire would ride off into the sunset,” he said. “Instead, it continues to be one of the top 20 most popular shows on Netflix, even five years after finishing production. 

“This is Netflix, now one of the biggest producers in Hollywood with their massive budget, star-filled vehicles — and here’s our little Indian & Cowboy show chugging along, year after year as possibly the most re-viewed show in Netflix’s history,” he continued

Johnson said that there are continuing conversations about the return of the show in some form, but nothing has been solidified yet.

“There’s a constant buzz about the return of the series, a potential Season 7 or made-for TV movies, but nothing concrete,” he said. “I think what’s happened is that the show continues to be a success for both the producing entity, Warner Brothers, and the broadcasting entity, Netflix, without them doing anything. Once again, victims of our own success.”

The “Longmire” actors have moved on to other projects since the show finished production in 2017. Robert Taylor, who played the title character, appeared in the monster shark movie “The Meg,” and an episode of “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” on Netflix in 2019. 

Katee Sackhoff, who played Deputy Victoria Moretti on “Longmire,” has returned to the sci-fi genre that kicked off her career, appearing in a recurring role in “The Mandalorian” on Disney+, and leads the cast of the Netflix sci-fi series “Another Life.” 

Lou Diamond Phillips, who played Longmire’s best friend Henry Standing Bear, has appeared in television shows such as “Graves,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Goliath” and “Blue Bloods.”

And Cassidy Freeman, who played Longmire’s daughter, Cady, has held recurring roles on the shows “Doubt” and “NCIS: New Orleans”  and most recently starred in the HBO series “The Righteous Gemstones.”

Reboot

But Johnson has it on good authority that should the opportunity come to reboot “Longmire,” the actors would be on board. He said the only thing standing in the way of that possibility is the parent studio.

“They have an incredible and lengthy hit on their hands,” he said. “The actors are for it, the producers are for it and even I’m for it, and you’d think they’d figure it out but so far nothing has happened.”

Johnson said there has been some movement in that direction recently, though.

“I do know for a fact that a large producing entity just bought all the large sets from “Longmire” down in Santa Fe, so that’s once again got the “Longmire” world buzzing, but we’ll have to wait and see,” he said. “Keep your fingers crossed.”

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New Longmire Book Due in September, Longmire Days Scheduled in August

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By Wendy Corr, Cowboy State Daily

Thirty years ago, Craig Johnson did two things that would change his life – he began building his ranch at Ucross, and he wrote the first two chapters of what would become a huge hit book and television series.

“I had one of those dads who was like, you were slave labor until you escaped,” Johnson said, laughing. “I got taught how to do basic construction and electrical and plumbing and all that, so I built the ranch myself – and then when I got the windows and doors and the heat turned on I started on the first Longmire novel. I wrote the first two chapters of ‘The Cold Dish,’ and wasn’t happy with it, and stuck it in a drawer for 10 years.”

But he eventually pulled it out and finished it… and 17 books later, Johnson’s series of mystery novels about a small town sheriff in Wyoming have a near-cult following. 

Eighteen books (if you include the upcoming “Hell and Back,”) a hit television series and an annual star-studded event in Buffalo have made Walt Longmire a household name – although Johnson told Cowboy State Daily he wouldn’t have bet that all would happen.

“When Warner Brothers knocked on the door and said, ‘Hey, we’d like to make a TV show out of the books about the sheriff of the least populated county in the least populated state in America,’ I started questioning their wisdom,” Johnson said.

Longmire, The TV Show

The TV series, which was first broadcast on A&E and later streamed on Netflix, has created a fan base of its own, apart from Johnson’s New York Times-bestselling books.

“As it turned out, we were the highest rated scripted drama in A&E’s network history,” Johnson said. “And then after three years they wanted to buy the show from Warner Brothers, and Warner Brothers wouldn’t sell it and so they decided to cancel it. And that was when Netflix grabbed us.”

The show, which ran for a total of six seasons, starred Robert Taylor, Katee Sackoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman, Bailey Chase, LouAnne Stephens, Zahn McClarnon, A Martinez and Adam Bartley, along with high-profile recurring guest stars like Peter Weller, Graham Greene, Charles S. Dutton and Gerald McRaney.

“The show has continued to be in the top 20 viewed shows on Netflix for the last five years, since we ceased production,” Johnson said. “So it’s hard for them to stop running Longmire when it continues to garner an audience on a regular basis, which is really something – because, I mean, Netflix produces like these multimillion dollar shows with these big stars every month, and then there’s our little Indian and cowboy show, just chugging along there, year after year.” 

“So, we have hopes that maybe somebody at Warner Brothers will figure things out and might even make it back on the air sometime… you never can tell,” he added

Longmire, The Event

Those six seasons, though, made a huge impact on fans across the country. So much so, in fact, that the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce launched a “Longmire Days” festival 11 years ago – and it’s still going strong. 

Longmire Days are scheduled to be held in Buffalo (renamed “Durant” for the event in honor the books’ setting) August 18 through 21, 2022, and Johnson said all of the actors have indicated that they will be attending.

“Like everybody else, they’re kind of like cooped up and just dying to get back out, back among people,” he said. “I mean, for six years, they played as if they were in Wyoming, and so the chance for them to actually come and see what the real Wyoming is, I think it’s a unique kind of opportunity for them that they don’t normally get.”

Johnson likened the fan response (8,000 people attended in 2019) to science fiction conventions and Comic-Con events. He pointed out that actress Katee Sackhoff, who played Deputy Victoria Moretti on the show, has been one of the only cast members with experience in that type of gathering because of her roles in “Battlestar Galactica” and “The Mandalorian,” which have millions of followers.

“She’s used to seeing these huge crowds, you know, thousands of people lining up to get your autograph and all that kind of stuff,” Johnson said. “But a lot of the other actors, for them, it’s really incredible, to be in a parade, to be the grand marshal of a rodeo like the Cody Stampede (in 2017).”

Insider Information

For Wyoming fans of the book series, the inside stories behind characters and place names are a hook.

“One of my favorite quotes about writing is the one from Wallace Stegner where he says the greatest piece of fiction ever written is the disclaimer at the beginning of every book that says nobody in this book is based off of anybody alive or dead,” Johnson said.

“It’s difficult, when you live in a state that only has half a million people in it, because I’ll stick somebody from Gillette in one of my books and I’ll be down doing a library event in Rock Springs and somebody will say, ‘Is that so-and-so from Gillette that’s in your third book?’” 

Johnson said that when he chose the names of his fictitious county, Absaroka, and town, Durant, those also needed to be based on real life. He pointed out he didn’t want to go with a name like “Pronghorn” or “Antelope Gulch” for the setting of his tiny town in the (fictional) 24th county in the state of Wyoming.

“I wanted to use a name which I thought would be more indicative of a real life, Wyoming town,” Johnson said, “and so I just grabbed (Durant’s) name from a list of Union Pacific executives who was of questionable repute.” 

Besides being terribly difficult for the actors on the television series to pronounce, the name of Johnson’s fictional county, Absaroka, stands out as a nod to Wyoming’s Native American history.

“Absaroka is one of the oral interpretations of the word in the Crow language for the ‘children of long beaked bird,’ or the crow,” he explained. 

Johnson noted that because of the proximity of the large reservations in nearby Montana and in central Wyoming, he felt the inclusion of Native people and culture in the Longmire series was an honest portrayal of Wyoming’s population. 

“To not have them be a part of that (Absaroka County) region, it wouldn’t be honest,” he said. “They’re just too interesting, they’re just too magnificent – they’re just too wonderful to not include in the books. It would be criminal of me not to include them.”

Upcoming Book

Johnson’s upcoming book, “Hell and Back,” is scheduled for release in September — and Johnson is already planning his book tour, which will include Wyoming libraries and bookstores.

“There will be a big national tour, but certainly I’ll be bouncing around,” he said, adding that he enjoys supporting local bookstores and libraries. “You know, the Legends Bookstore there in Cody, she brings her books over here to me to sign them early, so that on opening day, she’s got signed books. And I mean, the first library event I ever did was in Meeteetse.”

There’s no doubt that the Longmire brand has brought positive attention to Wyoming — and Johnson said that attention has been a benefit to more than just him.

“One of the the points of doing Longmire Days was to raise money for charity,” he said, “and we did like $30,000, I think, for the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women’s Resource Center up in Lame Deer (Montana) this year, and $10,000 for the Johnson County Search and Rescue, which was in dire need of funding, and a bunch of others like it.”

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‘Sheriff Longmire’ Actor Won’t Be At Longmire Days This Year (In Person)

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

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.

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Wyoming’s “Longmire Days” Rescheduled to September 2 – 5, 2021

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The Longmire Foundation on Friday announced it is postponing the annual Longmire Days celebration from July to September.

Longmire Days is an annual event held in Buffalo, Wyoming, every summer which celebrates the series of books featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire written by Wyoming author Craig Johnson.

The organization said that the safety concerns of event attendees, the community, and the actors who donate their time was the reason for the postponement.

It’s progress, however, as last year’s in-person celebration was canceled in favor of a virtual event.

“We feel this change will give the event the time that may be necessary for large-scale, in-person get togethers to be possible,” the organization said.  “We also feel event attendees may require the extra time to change travel plans and feel safe and secure traveling to Durant (aka Buffalo), Wyoming. We want to see everyone, and we want everyone to be safe.”

The organization said the scheduled dates (September 2 – 5) are tentative and it “will make a final decision about holding the event in early August.

“We are planning for the best-case scenario while preparing for the worst-case one — cancellation due to public health concerns.  We appreciate the patience of the Longmire enthusiasts during this process. The safety of our community, the fans, and the actors are, as always, foremost in our minds,” the organization said.

“Please stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands, maintain social distancing, get the vaccine, and let’s all hope we get through this before the event so we can all come together again and celebrate as a Longmire-loving community,” it said.

The Sheriff Walt Longmire books served as the inspiration for the television series “Longmire,” which is currently streaming on Netflix.

There were six seasons and 63 episodes produced over the course of the series, all starring Australian actor Robert Taylor as the fictional Wyoming sheriff.

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