Thousands Expected For Midwest Tomato Fight

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — Ready, aim — fire your tomato!

That could be the cry Sunday at the Midwest Tomato Fest at the Afton Alps Recreational Area. Thousands of people are expected to hurl soft tomatoes at each other in what’s billed as the area’s first tomato fight.

Organizers say the fest was inspired by La Tomatina, an annual food fight in Spain.

Kevin Walker, one of the organizers, tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that part of the festival’s proceeds will go to the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul.

While things will get messy, trucks with showers and blowers will allow participants to clean up.

The fest runs from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with the hourlong tomato fight starting at 2:30 p.m.

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  • jan

    This is disgusting beyond words. Wasting food while people in other parts of the world are dying of starvation. Those tomatoes could be frozen or canned and distributed to people who need food. No, I’m not a liberal either. There are far better ways to raise money for the Dorothy Day Center. What would you expect from people who copy what Spain does. What’s next, bullfights?

    • Nancy

      Jan I could not agree more with you! I too thought “what a waste,people are starving right here in the USA”.
      It is a total waste of food and I hope people will not support this, but support the center in other ways!

  • Ruth

    I disagree with both of you! Tomatoes are a renewable resource — and loads of fun! What a great, different way to raise monies!

  • Dave Garrison

    What a waste of food!, can’t origanizations find a better way to raise money.

  • Randy

    No tomato fights. This is B S

  • Getche

    There are different ways to have fun and raise money. Not wasting food. Horn of Africa people are dying in looking for tomatoes.

  • Kamal M

    Most of you must have not gone to school or understand basic economics. If you think it’s easy to just “ship” tomatoes to horn of Africa, then why don’t you take up the job? News Flash these tomatoes were already wasted. Even if it was not brought to your attention, these particular tomatoes were going to end up in the dumpster because they were not deemed edible! We took bad tomatoes and made an event out of it. In addition, a big chunk of the proceeds go to a charity, what more can you ask for? Do you have a better solution for bad tomatoes? And please don’t say frozen or canned because you have to still find a way to ship them across the world. Where would that money come from to sustain such an operation? At least with an event there would be renewal source of income every year.

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