Buffalo's Longmire Days event drew a nationwide audience. Leslie Stratmoen has the story.
Fans of the ‘Longmire’ TV show came from across the country for Longmire Days in Buffalo. Some came for the trail ride, others for the baseball game and poker run. And many stood in lines for up to four hours, just to get an autograph from one of the actors from the show.
Making their way to the event this year were nearly all of the leading actors from the show – Robert Taylor who plays Sheriff Walt Longmire, Cassidy Freeman, his daughter Cady, Katee Sackhoff and Adam Bartley, who play the sheriff’s deputies Vic and The Ferg, Louanne Stephens, the sheriff’s office manager Ruby, and Zahn McClarnon, the reservation police Chief Mathias.
Two fans, Claudia Obermiller and her friend, Nancy Mead, came all the way from Nebraska and paid a sponsorship fee of $500 just to visit with Robert Taylor and other actors during the VIP meet and greet event at the HF Bar dude ranch.
Others, like Breanna Klamm and Jared Steed came from Gillette, just for the street dance on Main. Providing the music for the event was the local rock band, Gunshy, fronted by Rachel McCaughey, who as one of the local chamber’s organizers of the event, was the perfect person to be at the mic to welcome the actors when they dropped by to visit and pose for pictures.
This year’s event even spread its wings into Sheridan, for a book signing at the historic Sheridan Inn with local author Craig Johnson, whose “Longmire” books inspired the series. Folks attending that event met The Ferg and said, hi, to their favorite author. Some fans there, knew the author well enough to be characters in his books.
This was the third year for the Longmire Days celebration. Organizers are already making plans for next year.