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The popular dog show at Fruitopia, the annual fundraising fair day for Tropical Fruits.

Looking for an antidote to election-day blues? They don’t come any more fun and frivolous than Fruitopia – the annual fundraising fair day for Lismore’s 25-year-old gay and lesbian group The Tropical Fruits Inc – at the Lismore Showground.

Fruitopia is a true family day, with all the things you’d expect of the average school fete – but with a camp twist.

The dog show, for example, features the hilarious ‘dog and owner lookalike competition’, while the cakes in the bake-off are breathtakingly spectacular creations.

Then of course there’s the hugely popular ‘So You Think You Can Drag’ segment, for wannabe showgirls and showboys, not to mention a very ‘adult’ Aunt Sally.

Saturday’s event starts at the reasonably civilised hour of 11am and runs through until 4pm, only to be followed by a trio of fabulous dance events – each requiring progressively more stamina.

At 4pm is an old-fashioned square dance that should get the heart pounding and the feet moving. It will segue into a free DJ set until dark.

At 8pm in nearby Norma’s Kitchen, comes the piece de resistance, an LGBTQI (try saying that quickly) dance party with local DJs: 1iSAMURAi (aka Craig Wilson), Lady K (who brought the house down at the last Tropical Fruits party) and Hubba. The fully licensed party is an adults-only event.

Why sit at home moping over the election results when you could be out dancing off all that negative energy?

 

 

 

 


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