Robert Taylor, right, who plays Sheriff Walt Longmire in the Netflix television series, leads the parade launching Longmire Days in Buffalo on Friday.
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DURANT, Wyo. -- The pomp, the circumstance, the parade, the dancers, the author, the actors, the Indians, and the Ranier Beer are here.

For its fourth year, Buffalo this weekend morphs into author Craig Johnson's fictional alter ego of Durant, Wyo., which is the county seat of the fictional Absaroka County where Sheriff Walt Longmire and his deputies and staff enforce the law, try to keep their own lives in order, and work through modern issues of the West such as who really owns a recently discovered T-Rex dinosaur.

The books gave rise to the A&E "Longmire" television series starring Australian actor Robert Taylor as the complex sheriff, which the network suddenly canceled after its third season last year. A groundswell of Internet outrage lead to Netflix picking up the show for a fourth season beginning this fall.

Fans of the books and the show hail from across America and around the world, and also from Casper.

"I was a fan of the books before the TV show," Dob Wallace of Casper said after Friday morning's parade.

"I grew up on a Wyoming cattle ranch," Wallace said. "The Wyoming that Craig Johnson writes about is the Wyoming I grew up in. It's very faithful to the culture.

Last year, about 8,000 descended on Buffalo, and that number is expected to rise to about 10,000 this weekend.

This is the schedule for the weekend, according to the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce:


8am-8pm SummerFest- Vendors in Crazy Woman Square
9am-10am Longmire Parade- Downtown Main Street (float registration required)
9am-3pm Episode screenings at Buffalo Theater
10am-2pm Autograph Sessions- Bomber Mountain Civic Center (Registration full for this event)
11am-3pm Poker School for novice, Occidental Hotel (registration required)
3pm-5pm “Book to Film” with Craig Johnson and Penguin
(Kathryn Court and Gail Hochman)- Occidental Hotel
3pm-5pm A Conversation With…- Buffalo Theater (Registration full for this event)
6pm Home Run Derby- Prosinski Park
7pm -9pm Cowboys v. Indians Softball Game- Prosinski Park –
commentary by Rob Taylor, Craig Johnson and Marcus Red Thunder
9pm-11pm JackDanny LIVE at The Red Pony (Cowboy Carousel Center)
Saturday, July 18th
9am-11am 5k Run/3k Walk- Johnson County YMCA to Bighorn Mountains (registration required)
7am-10am Longmire Posse-Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
8am-5pm SummerFest- Vendors in Crazy Woman Square
9am-4pm Car Show in FNB Parking Lot by Model A & Pioneer Car Club
9am-3pm Episode screenings at Buffalo Theater
10am-1pm Autograph Sessions- Johnson County Courthouse (Registration full for this event)
10am-2pm Native American Performances- Johnson County Courthouse
12pm-6pm Rock Climbing Wall on Fetterman near Crazy Woman Square
2pm-6pm Motorcycle Poker Run- Downtown Buffalo to Sheridan and back –
with Adam Bartley & Zahn McClarnon (registration required, starting at 12pm at Century Club)
3pm-5pm A Conversation With…- Occidental Hotel- Actors TBD (Registration is now full for this event)
6pm-11pm Poker Game- The Red Pony (Cowboy Carousel Center) (registration required)
6pm-11pm Street Dance-Downtown Main Street
Sunday, July 19th
10am-2pm Skeet Shoot- Buffalo Trap & Skeet Club with Rob Taylor and actors (Registration full for this event.)
10am-2pm Horseback Ride with actors- Paradise Ranch (Registration full for this event)
10am-2pm Native American Performances- Johnson County Courthouse
3pm-5pm Book Signing with Craig Johnson & Rob Taylor-Johnson County Library
6pm Charity Concert & BBQ with the Bob Barnes Band and actors-
South Fork Mountain Lodge- $15, tickets sold at Buffalo Chamber and South Fork Lodge.