Laramie, Wyoming – According to various stores across the state, the shopping season got off to a bang today. (Friday) Some 200 people waited for the Walmart in Gillette to open this morning, 300 people rushed the doors at Casper's Target, and Riverton Wal Mart Manager Scott Freeman says they have been selling everything. He thinks it will be a great year. Merchants across the state say it appears the crowds are larger then they have been in recent years. While economists look at the day after Thanksgiving as an important shopping day, they say the weekend before Christmas is the most important time of the holiday shopping season.