Fayetteville native Nina Davuluri won the pageant back in mid-September. Saturday marked her official homecoming trip since the crowing in Atlantic City.
Accompanied by three other pageant winners, Davuluri started her homecoming celebration at noon with a trip to Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.
Young patients were given little crowns made in preparation for the visit, which Davuluri described as a princess themed party.
A foursome of ladies in sashes lined up for autographs and pictures with the children and their parents.
The hospital event was closed to visitors, but Davuluri scheduled a stop at Destiny USA for pictures with the general public in the afternoon in the canyon area of the mall.
She signed autographs for hundreds of fans, as did Miss New York Amanda Mason, who assumes the state title after Davuluri became Miss America.
The first night of the homecoming is capped off at the Oncenter with a Bollywood-inspired Gala dinner, hosted by Newschannel 9's Rod Wood.
A portion of the proceeds from the event benefited Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital.
The celebration continues on Sunday with a 2 p.m. event at the Landmark Theatre, which is described as a taste of the Miss America pageant for hometown fans.
The contestants will meet about 50 children from the Boys & Girls Club after the show.
Before departing Central New York, Miss America will make a final appearance at a homecoming breakfast at the Crowne Plaza on Monday.
Tickets are still available for the final two events. Click here for more information.