ONLINE ticket sales for the Tropical Fruits New Year's party tonight closed on the weekend with sales up 40% from last year.

Tropical Fruits Events Co-ordinator Shane Duniam, confirmed that the number of tickets left for sale at the gates "makes us confident that the party will sell out."

Hundreds of volunteers were working at the weekend to finalise all preparations for the 24th festival.

Stu Weston from Lismore was today offering quick haircuts to volunteers for a donation of at least $10 with all proceeds going to Tropical Fruits.

Happy to get a lat minute haircut was Ben Remington, from San Francisco, who came all the way from the US for the festival.

Mel Smirnios and Mel Miller, both from Lismore, were busy applying the final touches to the girls-only tent.

The Showgrounds are already half-full with visitors from all over the country that have arrived with caravans and tents.

Shane O'Neill, a lawyer from Brisbane, parked his vintage bus Jelly Bean at the showgrounds last Thursday 27 of December and is known already around the campers as 'music man'.

"This is my fourth consecutive year at the Tropical Fruits," he said.

On Saturday, aboriginal gender-bender Destiny Haz Arrived did a welcome to country for those visiting Lismore this week.


  • Some of the businesses that will be open in Lismore this January 1 are:
  • The Bank cafe in Molesworth St, from 9am
  • The Mecca cafe in Magellan St, from 7.30am
  • Dragonfly cafe in Carrington St, from 7.30am
  • Night Owl convenience store in Woodlark St, from 7am.
  • Unity Cafe in Molesworth Street, from 9am

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