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1: On the last Wednesday in August of every year, the people of Buñol, Spain get together for an annual celebration, which is known to the locals as "La Tomatina".
3: The festival starts at around 10 AM with the event of the Palo Jamon, or pole with ham. This first event bears similarity to the scattered event of the greasy pole, as the object of this first event is to climb the pole, which has been coated in lard, and retrieve the ham at the top, in the relative space of one hour. Once this has been achieved, someone fires a shot, which is most likely a blank, and the main event starts: a number of dump trucks saved specifically for the event drive in to town, carrying what are estimated to be about 40 tons of tomatoes, and thus starts the throwing of the tomatoes.
4: The festivities go on for exactly one hour, until the firing of the second shot, which signals the end of the event. At this time, no other tomatoes are allowed to be thrown, and participants are allowed to use water hoses from locals, and the nearby pool of los peñones to clean themselves of tomato paste. The whole square is red with tomato juice, and it is quite a task to clean up afterwards.
7: The festival of La Tomatina is widely supported because of its popularity with locals and tourists, and its ability to release stress. Most, if not all of the locals participate in the celebration, and all who have gone will tell you that it is a lot of fun.