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People lay in a puddle squashed tomatoes, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
A man lays in a puddle of squashed tomatoes, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
A man dives into a puddle of squashed tomatoes, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Men throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Thousands of people are splattering each other with tons of tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle in recession-hit Spain, with the debt-burdened town charging participants entry fees this year for the first time. Bunol town says some 20,000 people are taking part in Wednesday's hour-long street bash, inspired by a food fight among kids back in 1945. Participants were this year charged some 10 euros ($13) to foot the cost of the festival. Residents do not pay. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A woman lays in a puddle of tomato juice during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27: Revellers throw tomatoes while participating the annual La Tomatina festival on August 27, 2014 in Bunol district of Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Evrim Aydin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A man attempts to clean the remains of tomatoes from outside his house after the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other, during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta, in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, 50 kilometers outside Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Some thousands of people are splattering each other with tons of tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle. Bunol town says some 20,000 people are taking part in Wednesday's hour-long street bash, inspired by a food fight among kids back in 1945. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
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By ALBERTO SAIZ

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 Buñol 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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