The tomato-throwing event starts with a ham placed upon a large greasy pole at 11 a.m. Someone has to climb to the top and take it down. Once that happens, a cannon will be fired and the messy mayhem begins. The sure-to-stain-your-clothes tomato fight lasts up two hours, until the cannon fires again.
Food fight rules require that you smush the tomatoes before throwing ‘em, refrain from tearing others' clothes and don't bring anything that may provoke someone into a more serious brawl, such as a glass bottle. This is supposed to be fun, folks. Organizers recommend wearing goggles to protect your peepers from the acidy tomatoes. And obviously, wear clothes you can dispose of afterward.
Apparently, there aren't many accommodations in Bunol, so look into staying in Valencia, 25 miles outside of the city, and bus it in. Just be sure to bring an extra set of clothes for the ride back to the hotel.
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