Charity and vitamin C: Giant tomato fight makes a mess for MS

Did you always dream of good, old-fashioned cinematic food fight when you were a kid? A charitable event this summer may give you the chance to live out that elementary school fantasy as an adult.

Like Italy's annual la Tomatina fight, where the ripe fruits are smashed, thrown, and generally turned into salsa in the streets of Buol, Tomato Assault is a juicy outdoor party where participants pelt each other with approximately 40,000 pounds of inendible tomatoes. But it's Tomato Assault's charitable roots that set it apart.

At least $5 from every ticket go toward the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, with the ultimate goal of donating over $150,000 to the organization. The rest of the ticket price goes toward live local music, beer, food, a costume contest with prizes and, of course, the tomatoes. Tomato Assault has also promised to donate $10,000 to the city that turns out the most participants. And those who 'like' Tomato Assault on Facebook can save over 40% on their admission.

This isn't the isn't the only giant tomato fight on the block -- if you miss Tomato Assault in July, Tomato Battle is scheduled to take place in August.

Tomato Assault, which is a 21+ event, will be held at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup on July 13. Ticketing information is available through Brown Paper Tickets.