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Annual tomato battle leaves Spanish town red

People pelt each other with tomatoes during the world's biggest tomato fight at La Tomatina festival on August 25, 2010 in Bunol, Spain. More than 45000 people from all over the world descended on the small Valencian town to participate in this year's La Tomatina festival, with the local town hall estimating that over 100 tons of rotten and over-ripe tomatoes were thrown.  (Jasper Juinen, Getty Images)
People pelt each other with tomatoes during the world's biggest tomato fight at La Tomatina festival on August 25, 2010 in Bunol, Spain. More than 45000 people from all over the world descended on the small Valencian town to participate in this year's La Tomatina festival, with the local town hall estimating that over 100 tons of rotten and over-ripe tomatoes were thrown. (Jasper Juinen, Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/27 5:56 am

BUNOL, Spain (AP) — The streets of an eastern Spanish town are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle that has become a major tourist attraction.

At the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants —many from abroad — to throw during the hour-long morning festivities.

This was the second year non-resident participants were charged — 10 euros ($13) — to take part. The town of about 20,000 people began charging to help pay off debts of some 5.5 million euros. The event was sold out weeks ahead.

The event was inspired by a food fight between local children in 1945 in the tomato-producing region.

 

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