The best party in town is happening today at the Salvation Army's Kroc Center grand opening.
A full day of free entertainment will conclude with a performance by New Orleans rock band Cowboy Mouth and a fireworks display.
Leading up to that will be sports, aquatics and arts performances, including a celebrity dodgeball tournament, a motivational speech by Olympic silver medalist swimmer Kristy Kowel, and the feats of Harris III, an illusionist.
"We have a wonderful roster, and we think people will enjoy the day," said the Kroc Center's public relations coordinator, Anthony Esposito.
The Kroc Center is a 100,000-square-foot fitness, recreation, aquatics and arts center in Harrisburg community.
Salvation Army Kroc centers nationwide are funded through private donations and a $1.7 billion bequest from the late Joan Kroc.
Operations are paid for by membership fees and an endowment, which allows the Salvation Army to offer discounted rates to low-income applicants.
The Augusta Kroc Center's opening concludes seven years of planning and fundraising. The day will be a chance to celebrate, but also a time to show off all there is to do at the Kroc Center. In between the hoopla of special events, Kroc Center staffers will demonstrate aquatics, fitness and gymnasium programs offered.
The center has been open on a limited basis for three weeks to those purchasing its first 500 memberships.
The "soft" opening gave staffers a chance to run programs before the center became fully operational. Esposito said the public response so far has exceeded expectations.
"Literally thousands of people have come through for tours. We sold out of our first 500 memberships by Friday of the first week," he said.