Pumpkin Festival Proves a Wash for Martha

Pumpkin Festival Proves a Wash for Martha

10/10/2005 AT 08:00 AM EDT

After first being barred and then approved by Canadian immigration officials to attend a Nova Scotia pumpkin festival this weekend, Martha Stewart ended up not going after all because of a higher power: the weather.

With torrential rains battering the Eastern seaboard all day Saturday, the domestic diva, 64, was grounded at an airport in Maine, the Associated Press reports.

"Certainly, everybody was a little bit disappointed," said Vanessa Roberts, a spokeswoman for the hamlet of Windsor, which had been prepping for a visit from Stewart.

Initially barred from the Pumpkin Regatta because of a Canadian immigration rule that keeps out ex-convicts (Stewart served time for lying to feds about a stock sale), Stewart subsequently received a green light to attend and paddle across a lake in a hollowed-out pumpkin.

"The one we've got set aside for Martha weighs 676 lbs.," Danny Dill, whose father founded the fest, told Reuters. "By the time we've maybe cut the hole in it and got it ready, it'll still be around 600 lbs. rowing weight."

Festival organizers said Sunday that they hope Stewart will come next year.

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