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Tourists revel in goo at Spain tomato-squishing fiesta

Published on Aug 27, 2014 7:18 PM
 

BUNOL, Spain (AFP) - Half-naked revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo on Wednesday in Spain's Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for "the world's biggest food fight".

Locals and visitors from as far afield as the United States and Japan crammed into the eastern town of Bunol as mushy tomatoes rained from the backs of trucks and flew in every direction in a world-famous orgy of pulp.

"It was pretty fun, squashing and throwing them. It was raining tomatoes," said Ms Jessica Sims, a 27-year-old airline employee from the state of Utah, stepping back from the fray, her white T-shirt soaked and stained red.

"It was a bit scary and dangerous. If you go down to pick up a tomato, you might not come back up."

Revellers take part in the annual "tomatina" festivities in the village of Bunol, near Valencia on Aug 28, 2013. Half-naked revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014, in Spain's Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for "the world's biggest food fight". -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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