Hard-hit Spanish town charges fees for annual tomato fight
MADRID (AFP) - Facing a squished budget, the town hosting Spain's annual tomato-throwing festival, La Tomatina, on Wednesday is charging a fee for the first time.
Some 20,000 people from across the world - mostly Australians, Japanese and Britons - will pack the eastern town of Bunol, many wearing goggles to protect their eyes from the stinging juice, before launching into a gigantic one-hour food fight.
This year, for the first time, they are paying a minimum of 10 euros ($17) for the privilege of pelting each other with tomatoes in streets that end up flooded in red juice.
The price rises to 750 euros if you want to get up on one of the six trucks that will bring in a record 130 tonnes of tomatoes.