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Last Updated: Thursday August 26 2010 10:58 GMT

In pics: Spanish Tomatina sees thousands hit with tomatoes

Annual La Tomatina Festival in Spain

La Tomatina is a huge food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year near Valencia, in Spain.

Annual La Tomatina Festival in Spain

For exactly one hour during the festival, people get to throw tons and tons of over-ripe tomatoes at each other in the streets!

Annual La Tomatina Festival in Spain

The whole festival lasts for a week with music, parades, dancing and fireworks.

Annual La Tomatina Festival in Spain

The night before the tomato throwing, people compete in a paella cooking contest. Paella is a Spanish dish made with rice and seafood.

Annual La Tomatina Festival in Spain

The festival started back in 1945, but it wasn't an official festival until 1952.

Annual La Tomatina Festival in Spain

It's thought around 150,000 of rotting tomatoes are thrown. Shopkeepers use massive plastic covers to protect their shops from the mess.

Annual La Tomatina Festival in Spain

There are so many tomatoes thrown that you can even swim through tomato juice in the streets!