Revelers take up arms in tomato fight

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image ap"><span>AP</span></div><span class="caption-text">A girl plays with tomato pulp during the annual &#34;Tomatina&#34; tomato fight fiesta in the village of Bunol, near Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. Bunol&#39;s town hall estimated more than 40,000 people, some from as far away as Japan and Australia, took up arms Wednesday with 100 tons of tomatoes in the yearly food fight known as the &#39;Tomatina&#39; now in its 64th year. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Alberto Saiz&#41;</span></div>
August 26, 2009 8:01:28 AM PDT
Tens of thousands of revelers pelted each other with tons of ripe tomatoes in a good-natured battle that filled the streets of a Spanish town with rivers of red pulp. Bunol's town hall estimated more than 40,000 people, some from as far away as Japan and Australia, took up arms Wednesday with 100 tons of tomatoes in the yearly food fight known as the "Tomatina," now in its 64th year.

The event has its roots in a food fight between childhood friends and has become something of a calling card for Bunol, which is 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Valencia on Spain's east coast.

The hour-long battle is so popular that traffic into the town backed up nearly two miles (three kilometers) Wednesday morning.

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