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Douglas Grew, playing an Oompa Loompa, entertains the long line outside of Beanstalk Toys and Books before the store opened. (Photos by Nicole Carrow/22nd Century Media)
Sydney Teplitsky (left) and her older sister Jordyn Teplitsky both won Golden Tickets from Beanstalk Toys and Books, and redeemed them at the store's Wonka event, Dec. 15.
Jeff Poindexter (left to right), Cam Ezell, Kailey Albus, Harris Kal in character as Willy Wonka and Douglas Grew in character as an Oompa Loompa perform at Beanstalk Toys and Book's Wonka event.
Doug Rapp, Freelance Reporter
4:00 am CST December 18, 2018

Parents and children waited eagerly on the red carpet, behind the velvet rope along Central Avenue in Highland Park. The kids talked excitedly about what toys they wanted as smoke drifted from portable wood stoves on a clear and cool Saturday morning. An Oompa Loompa juggled and entertained the waiting tykes.