12:41 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 01/30/2010 02:00PM
Miss America is about to turn in one crowned jewel for another.
Katie Stam, who turns over her crown Saturday to a new beauty queen, got engaged Friday night. Her fiancé Brian Irk, a personal trainer from Indiana, proposed in front of more than 600 guests during a fundraiser gala.
"I started hyperventilating because I was so excited," she said about the proposal. "He dropped down on one knee and he said 'I love you so much. Will you be my Miss America forever?'"
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