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Martha Stewart draws a crowd in the Upper Valley

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NORWICH, Vt. - There was a special guest at King Arthur Flour and she knows a thing or two about top-notch baking.

Martha mania has taken over the Upper Valley. Lines wrap around King Arthur Flour as fans wait to catch a glimpse and maybe an autograph from the baking and style icon.

"We are all pretty star shocked," said Jacques Ambrose from Lebanon.

"Some hockey players but no one like Martha Stewart," said Nicole Bower, a Martha Stewart fan.

Earlier in the day, Stewart taught a master baking class at the Norwich company. She says the basics of baking need to be revisited often.

"I think the younger generation has been kind of left on their own. Mom has forgotten to teach them," said Stewart.

But Wednesday's visit was about more than just a class. It was also about business. King Arthur is a sponsor of Stewart's show "Martha Bakes" which airs on Public Broadcasting Service.

"We have been using King Arthur Flour for a very, very long time. We have written many books on baking and it is just natural that the oldest flour company in the United States and Martha should get together," said Stewart.

Bower was one of the lucky ones who signed up in time to get inside for the class.

"My mom surprised me, coming up here for my birthday. and I was pretty excited to go in. She did a good job. Kind of funny. Funnier than I thought," said Bower.

It was humor that shined through during a quick meeting with the press before the event.

When asked if she minded being called Martha, Stewart said, "No that is my name. What are you going to call me? Ms. Stewart?"

Whatever you call her, one thing is certain. She's built an industry around her name and comes across as a real person despite her celebrity status.

When asked if she was always treated like a rock star where ever she went, Stewart said, "Nicer because nobody tears my clothes off and everybody just calls me Martha and everybody has a question. That is the nicest part," said Stewart.

"Everything she touches turns to gold so, I was pretty excited to meet her in person and in action," said Bower.

"We actually bought a book to get an autograph. Maybe sneak a picture," said Ambrose.

The pictures were snapped and the books were signed during an international star's quick stop in the region.

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