Longmire Days Return
Oline H. Cogdill

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During the weekend of July 7–9, the small town of Buffalo, Wyoming, is the place to be.

That’s the weekend when Buffalo—about 4,600 residents or so—more than triples its population as more than 14,000 people come for Longmire Days, which celebrates the bestselling Walt Longmire novels written by Craig Johnson.

The sixth annual Longmire Days festival is chock-full of events such as a parade, a poker school, book and film discussions, trap shooting, baseball games, and horseback rides, among other events.

Johnson will be there, of course.

A majority of the cast usually attends as well. Among the cast expected to attend this year are Robert Taylor (Walt Longmire), A. Martinez (Jacob Nighthorse), Adam Bartley (The Ferg), Bailey Chase (Branch Connally), Louanne Stephens (Ruby), John Bishop (Bob Barnes), and Zahn McClarnon (Officer Mathias), among others.

Longmire Days has become a terrific way to honor Johnson’s novels, which realistically portray the new West and how crime is investigated. The festival continues to grow. Two years ago, about 9,000 were expected; now it is more than 14,000.

If you plan to go, make reservations soon.

Longmire fans have more to look forward to this year. Johnson’s next Walt Longmire novel will be The Western Star, on sale September 5. In addition, Johnson just signed a new three-book contract with Viking. Currently, more than 1.7 million copies of the Longmire series have been sold.

The sixth—and final season—of the TV series Longmire will air this fall on Netflix. The tentative airing date is September 15, though that could change.

Walt Longmire will have only one more season on TV, but the novels will continue.

Oline Cogdill
Saturday, 20 May 2017 04:05