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The annual 'tomatina' event draws tourists from across the globe to the village of Bunol

Revellers throw tomatoes during the annual "tomatina" tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, near Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.

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Revellers kiss each other.

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Bunol's town hall estimated more than 40,000 people took up arms Wednesday.

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A reveller pours tomato pulp into the crowd.

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The origin of the tomato fight is disputed – everyone in Bunol seems to have a favourite story – but most agree it started around 1940, in the early years of General Francisco Franco's dictatorship.

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Revellers embrace each other after the annual tomato fight.

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People come from as far away as Japan and Australia to particpate.

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An estimated 100 tons of tomatoes was used in the yearly fight.

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A reveller battles in tomato pulp.

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A participant is pelted with tomatoes.

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Tomato wrestling, anyone?

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The festival is now in its 64th year.

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Yeah, he’s going to need a shower.

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A love offering?

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Now that’s a food fight.

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Revellers play in tomato pulp.

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The week-long festival also features music, parades, dancing and fireworks.

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A reveller wipes tomato pulp from his face.

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It’s enough to make a tomato-lover cry.

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