MAKING A SPLASH: Cameron Shearer, Jay Jurin, Peter Nicoll, Ben Rose and Adrian Seib (all of Melbourne) cool off at the Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve pool party in Lismore.
MAKING A SPLASH: Cameron Shearer, Jay Jurin, Peter Nicoll, Ben Rose and Adrian Seib (all of Melbourne) cool off at the Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve pool party in Lismore. Doug Eaton

NYE revellers make a fruity splash at Lismore NYE party

THE sequins were off and the Speedos were on for the Tropical Fruits New Year's Day Splash Pool Party at the Lismore Memorial Baths.

With food and drinks, inflatable obstacle courses and music by DJs Papa Tom and Craig Wilson, event co-ordinator Catherine O'Halloran said the pool party was exactly what is was supposed to be - a chance for everyone to recover.

Estimating a crowd of more than 500 people, Ms O'Halloran said the event was a big success.

"It's going great, there's a really happy vibe here at the moment," she said. "This year it's just going really smoothly and everyone is really chilled.

"We've got more ladies than we normally have and that's fantastic because we're encouraging that.

"Traditionally, it's been a man's party but we're encouraging more women."

Event volunteer and Lismore local Annastacia Casey said the pool party was a great way to recover from what had been a "phenomenal" New Year's Eve.

"The halls were set up beautifully, the music was pumping and everyone was just lovely," she said. "There were no disagreements, there was no nastiness, there was just peace and love.

"A lot of the drag queens were all dressed up and had beautiful costumes on that they must have spent hours putting all their sequins on."

Tropical Fruits chairman Ken Beilby said the number of people who attended the New Year's Eve event would have been close to capacity, with the 3000 online tickets selling out, and the remaining 500 tickets on the door going quickly.

"I think we're going to be close to last year, when we sold out," Mr Beilby said.

"We've had people from Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, the US, the United Kingdom - some coming just to party and others coming to volunteer and then party.

"We had major headliners starring all over the place and we partied hard until 6am."

The event finished with a recovery party.


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