October 6, 2005

Martha Stewart will row pumpkin across Canada lake

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Worried Martha Stewart fans can relax --
the ex-felon lifestyle guru will be rowing a giant pumpkin
across a Canadian lake this weekend after all.

Stewart had earlier seemed set to miss Sunday's charity
pumpkin race because her conviction for lying about a stock
trade meant she needed special permission to enter Canada.

But Canadian immigration officials worked quickly to ensure
she won the right to enter Canada.

The charity race is organized by Howard Dill, a pumpkin
farmer who lives in the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia.

"We got a call from Martha Stewart Television about half an
hour ago... She's coming," Dill's son Danny told Reuters by
phone on Thursday.

Stewart, who founded Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc,
had said on Wednesday that she would not be able to get a
permit to enter Canada in time.

The annual Pumpkin Regatta features politicians, local
celebrities and others who paddle across a lake near Halifax in
hollowed-out giant pumpkins.

American citizens do not need a visa to enter Canada, but
those with criminal records need to apply for a special permit.