The town of Buñol in Spain is famous for La Tomatina, the world’s largest vegetable fight. The event takes place during a week-long celebration filled with festivities and with even greater anticipation for the battle ahead.

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La Tomatina started during the 1940s, when a number of friends started a tomato fight and passers-by got dragged into it.

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From that day forward, the fiesta has been celebrated annually and is expected to draw record numbers this time around. The reason for the fight has never beeb established and it hardly matters since the point is fun.

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La Tomatina has blossomed into a huge fiesta that coincides with the festival for the town’s patron saint.

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This is partly in an effort to draw more tourism into Buñol, and at the same time many more targets. The night before La Tomatina, the narrow streets are filled with tomatoes, and in a much more appealing form than the next day. 

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No one can do battle on an empty stomach so huge pans filled with delicious paella are on offer.

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Then, early Wednesday morning, shopkeepers set about covering windows and doors in preparation for the mess. Large trucks rumble up the streets to arrive in the square and be cheered by the 20,000 strong crowd.

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Men on top of the trucks then begin the attack with soft tomatoes from the four corner of Spain.

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The victims retaliate against the truckers, each other, and anyone else that strays with their range. When all the tomatoes, have been demolished, everyone heads to the river to clean it all off.

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