Hey, it turned out well for Charlie Bucket.

Yorkers now have the opportunity to buy candy bars that might contain a golden ticket granting them two seats at York City's 275th-anniversary party in July, announced WeCo chairman David Smith in a news conference Wednesday.

Establishments all over the city are now selling large Wolfgang Candy chocolate bars. There are 3,000 of them, he said, of which 250 contain tickets.

Smith, who runs the i-ron-ic coffee shop, art gallery and thrift store at 256 W. Philadelphia St., stood on the steps of the replica Colonial Court House in the 200 block of West Market Street on the warm Wednesday afternoon, clad in a purple coat and sparkly oversized top hat as he talked about the candy and the party for the city's 275th year.

That event will take place 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23, he said. It'll feature 69 eight-foot tables in the 300 block of West Market Street, shutting down the block. The York Rescue Mission, which is in that block, will provide the food, which will mainly be barbecued chicken, he said. There'll also be entertainment, such as jugglers, Smith said.

"This will be a celebration for everybody," he said.

He hopes the potentially cheap entry fee — each candy bar goes for $3 — will make the event accessible for everyone around town.

"I want to see all these different colored faces sitting next to each other," he said.

York City was founded in 1741 as the Town of York, covering only the land right around what's now the downtown area.

Anyone doing their best Augustus Gloop impression — or not — can buy the chocolate bars from: Park Street Pantry, 56 Urban Provisions, i-ron-ic, The rooted Artist Collective, Arthur & Daughters, Cherie Anne Designs, Didi & Smiling John's Barber shop, Dreamwrights Youth & Family Theatre, Kimman's, Martin Library, New Grounds Roasting Co., Prime Art Supply, Redeux, Small Star Art House, Sunrise Soap, The Economy Store, Vault Video, The York Emporium, The York Water Co., York City Pretzel Co. and The York Time Institute.

There's no word on whether or not the way out of the party involves a great glass elevator.

— Reach Sean Cotter at or on Twitter at @SPCotterYD.

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