Michelle Jones at the Tropical Fruits new year's day pool party in Lismore.    Photo : Leah White/The Northern Star
Michelle Jones at the Tropical Fruits new year's day pool party in Lismore. Photo : Leah White/The Northern Star Leah White

Pool party a big hit with Fruits revellers

THE sun shone for hundreds of Tropical Fruits patrons who migrated to the Lismore Memorial Baths yesterday for the annual festival's Recovery Pool Party.

For first-time festival patron Daniel Love from Sydney, Tropical Fruits had surpassed expectations.

"It's awesome, it's better than I anticipated," he said.

Mr Love said he heard about the festival through friends who had been insisting for years that he take part.

He said given his experience so far, he would definitely be making the eight-hour journey north again for the festival.

Tropical Fruits regular Stacey Dowson said even as the festival grew, it still maintained its friendly community vibe.

"For us city folk, it's like a breath of fresh air," she said.

"There's a big difference between the Sydney parties and here because this is more grassroots and it's nice not to have it over-produced."

Pool party manager Brad Bower said about 1000 people would pass through the gates, with about 500 inside at any one time.

"We have a lot of people coming down today from Brisbane and the Gold Coast just to come to the pool party," he said.

Mr Bower said the pool party was a good event to follow Tropical Fruits' big New Year's Eve party.

"Last night was excellent," he said.

"We had five different stages set up ... and in the cabaret tent one of the acts did a tribute to Jenny Dowell, our fabulous mayor, and got her up on stage.

"So many people got dressed up and everyone found there inner kid I think."

The Recovery Pool Party has grown from a quiet, relaxed event attracting up to 200 people, to a highly-anticipated party with five times the number attending throughout the day.

Following the pool party, festival goers will head back to the Lismore Showground for the official Recovery Party.

Since its inception in 1988, Tropical Fruits has grown to attract visitors from all over the world including award-winning Broadway star, actor and author Alan Cumming.

It's estimated the event brings in $10m to the local economy.

About 250 volunteers are needed for the festival.



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