The streets of Buñol in eastern Spain are awash in red pulp, as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle, which has become a major tourist attraction.

At the latest edition of the annual fiesta Aug. 27, trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for about 22,000 participants -- many from abroad -- to throw during the hourlong morning festivities.

This marks the second year nonresidents have had to pay a fee to participate -- 10 euros ($13). The town of about 20,000 people began charging to help pay off debts amounting to some 5.5 million euros. The event was sold out weeks ahead.

The Tomatina battle was inspired by a food fight among local children in 1945 in this tomato-producing region.




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