Tomato war coming to downtown Minneapolis

Tickets are on sale now for a tomato-slinging food fight and music festival July 14, modeled on the Tomatina festival in Spain. Bring your goggles.
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Grab an old swimsuit – an all-out food fight with ripe tomatoes is coming to Minneapolis. The Midwest Tomato Fest will be July 14 on Portland Avenue South downtown. The day-long festival also features live music and other entertainment and food trucks.

More than 3,000 people attended last year when the tomato fest debuted at Afton Alps. Festival-goers hurled ripened tomatoes at each other in what's billed as a stress-reducing battle, the Associated Press says. Organizers say the fest was inspired by La Tomatina, an annual food fight in Spain.

Here's the scene from last year. Looks like fun:

In Spain, as many as 20,000 people gather to throw 5 tons of tomatoes:

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