December 28, 2018
The Big Horn Mountain Festival planning committee has recently learned from the internet that the
Buffalo Chamber of Commerce has scheduled and announced that the 2019 Longmire Days will be July
18-21, the same dates as the scheduled Big Horn Mountain Festival.
The two events on the same weekend causes severe
negative impacts on the Big Horn Mountain Festival by
competing for available motel rooms, vendors,
sponsors, volunteers, and ticket purchasers.
The committee has looked at alternative solutions,
such as moving the date, moving to another location
away from Johnson County, or trying to have the
festival on the same weekend as Longmire Days. None
of these options are viable.
With a heavy heart the committee, therefore, has
made the carefully considered decision to cancel the
2019 Big Horn Mountain Festival.
The Big Horn Mountain Festival requires many tens of thousands of dollars to implement. It is
funded by the small Big Horn Mountain Festival committee, primarily by sponsorships, ticket sales,
merchandise sales, and some grants. The festival
must recoup costs to continue offering the festival.
History has shown that conflict with Longmire Days
will prevent recouping costs.
Primary costs are band fees, band housing,
sound production, fairground rental,
advertising, insurance, and sanitation and
The committee is proud that for 14 years the Big
Horn Mountain Festival has been an important
benefit to the community by providing a premier
musical event in Wyoming and by attracting some
of the nation's most outstanding performers. In
addition to the great outdoor concerts, pickers from all over gathered to make their own music and
the community gathered together for fellowship. It benefited businesses and provided cultural
experiences that are characteristic of a viable, energetic community and encouraged many, young
and old, to take up or continue making music. The committee thanks the generous sponsors,
hundreds of volunteers, and the community that has worked so hard to keep the festival alive.
Out of the festival grew the Bighorn Bluegrass
Camp that provides musical instruction and
significant musical experiences for young people,
age 8 - 18. It is a separate organization from the
festival committee. The committee hopes that the
community and the loyal and generous sponsors
will support this important camp in 2019 and
beyond. As information about this year’s camp
becomes available we will provide it here so look
for future updates. This new development may
provide an opportunity to restructure and
reschedule the Bighorn Bluegrass Camp.
Paul Jarvis Lisa Griffith Lynn Young Charles Shipley
We are happy with our ability to continually present great performers at the Big Horn Mountain Festival
in Buffalo from 2005 to 2018. Click for a list of previous performers at past Big Horn Mountain Festivals.
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