Farm life just fine for Miss Indiana

The new Miss America grew up around dairy cows and county fairs.

Katie Stam's definition of reality was bottle-feeding calves instead of bottle service and red carpets.

Almost overnight the fresh-off-the-farm, church-going beauty is a shining star in the glamour world after winning the Miss America title in her first try on Saturday at Planet Hollywood Resort.

Her best job growing up? Feeding the calves, she said.

The worst? Training the family's four milk cows for the county fair. One of those cows was named "Miss Indiana" after she won the state title last summer.

No one knows how it transpired, but "Miss Indiana" suddenly became known as "Miss America" to family and friends.

Saturday the dream came true for the girl who grew up wearing a tiara made from a cereal box and faux sashes.


The guest list for Encore's opening Saturday and Steve Wynn's 67th birthday included: Neil Diamond, Donald and Melania Trump (they celebrated their fourth anniversary Thursday), CBS honcho Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen, Playboy's Christie Hefner, former Rat Pack member Angie Dickinson, singing legend Paul Anka, director Brett Ratner, Monty Python star Eric Idle, Randy Jackson of "American Idol," TV star Don Johnson, yesteryear film star Robert Wagner, sports newscaster Al Michaels, former Chrysler chairman Lee Iacocca, politico James Carville, Phoenix sports leader Jerry Colangelo, music icon Quincy Jones. Phyllis McGuire of the McGuire Sisters, the Maccione family of Le Cirque restaurant fame, boxing promoter Bob Arum and motivation guru Tony Robbins.


Kelly Clinton's Celebrity Spotlight, billed as "An Evening of Sondheim," showcases some of the top local talent tonight at the Bootlegger Bistro.

Clinton joins a lineup that includes her husband, Clint Holmes, his longtime music director Bill Fayne, Bobby Black, Teddy Davey, Leigh Zimmerman, Dominick Allen, Gayle Steele, Robin Vincent, Connie Murray, Natalie Carson, Lorena Provencio, George DeMott, Cody Gay, Cayleigh Capaldi, Chris Coyne, Gloria Allen, Rebecca Kaufman, Vita Corimbi, Mollie Tenant, Doug Baker and Kevin Sherrell.


The Trumps, chatting Friday with local producer Joey Battig in the high-limit area at Wynn Las Vegas. ... Monty Python icon John Cleese, dining at Koi (Planet Hollywood Resort) on Friday. He is in town for his daughter Camilla's 25th birthday. ... At Lavo (Palazzo) on Friday: Sgt. Harvey Walden of "The Biggest Loser" and his girlfriend, "American Idol" finalist Kimberly Locke; Mario Lopez and his family; actor Shane West with friends and family; actress Zoe Saldana along with her sister and friends and actress Fairuza Balk. ... At Pure (Caesars Palace) on Friday: Nick Cannon, working the turntables; West with his posse, and San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, mingling with fans. ... Lopez, with his mother at "Jersey Boys" (Palazzo) on Friday, as well as touring XS, the Encore nightclub. ... Pete Rose's son, Tyler, making his Las Vegas debut as a club deejay on Friday at Poetry nightclub (Forum Shops at Caesars). His mother, Carol, showed up for young Rose's biggest job to date. He opened for DJ Kid Capri under his deejay name, TRose.


"President Barack Obama's chief of staff has ordered federal agencies to freeze funding on a lot of projects that President George W. Bush tried to push through in his final days. So for now, The National Scooby Doo Museum remains a distant dream." -- Conan O'Brien

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