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Local Wonka Walk Satisfies Sweet Toothes and Supports Education

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FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (WOAY) – Downtown Fayetteville was buzzing with tourists and locals during its first Wonka Walk on Saturday.

“I dressed up as Violet Beauregarde from the newer version of Willy Wonka,” said Brannon Ritterbush. she’s my favorite character she’s got a little bit of an attitude and I really like her.”

Ritterbush opened up her store, Wild Art Wonderful Things, just one month ago. She says the sold-out event gave her great exposure.

“For a Saturday in February, it’s brought out a lot of people,” said Ritterbush. “I’m only a month old, so it’s been really helpful for me.”

People from near and far visited the participating shops to trade their tickets for sweets. Tickets were five dollars for a pack of five. Profits went towards funding the New River Gorge Learning Co-Op. The local Montessori school is looking to expand.



Kassie Simmons

Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism. During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing. Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about. Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at ksimmons@woay.com.


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