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 security.
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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