Fans of the hit television series “Longmire” are meeting the stars of the show in Buffalo this weekend. The author of the popular novels that inspired the show is from Buffalo. So, thousands of people come from all over the country to meet them all.
The line stretched the entire length of the old school. On this July weekend, everything in Buffalo is about “Longmire Days”, right down to the cable TV show’s patrol car. Inside the gym of an elementary school, hundreds of fans waited to meet their favorite Wyoming Sheriff, Walt Longmire, and his television posse.
Most waited hours. Some drove more than a thousand miles.
Torrington Fan Rick Cotant said, “We love the show Longmire. My wife and I came to this show last year. And, we’re going to come every year that they have it.”
Donald Peck who drove over from Bel Fourche, South Dakota said, “I’ve read all his books, see all the programs. I enjoy the show.”
And Cheryl McCarville, who came all the way from Porterville, California said, “I came here to get autographs from the cast…and get my book signed by Craig Johnson.”
The cast, including the sheriff, his deputies, and some sidekicks, enjoy this gathering. Robert Taylor, who plays the Sheriff in the show said, “We love it. We love coming here.”
Katee Sackoff , who is “Vic” or “Deputy Victoria Moretti” explained, “It’s fun you know. It’s nice to have people come out here and support the show, and give a little back to the people who basically created the book…” Sackoff means the people of Buffalo, Wyoming….who are apparently often the inspiration for Craig Johnson, who calls this home. He’s authored eight Longmire novels, so far. He says he never expected a hit TV show, and this much excitement in his own home town.
The autograph seekers had to stand in line for more than three hours, and finally authorities had to close the doors to the gym, leaving more than a hundred people outside because the actors had to go to another event.
Events are scheduled all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday…including autograph sessions, street dances, and Indian Pow Wow and Longmire screenings at the theatre. We asked Australian actor Robert Taylor if he thought his Longmire character would ever become so beloved. He answered in true Longmire fashion, “No, no I didn’t. But, I’m not complaining.”
This was the third year for Buffalo’s Longmire Days event. But, it was only the second year the actors came to sign the autographs.