ELKHART — Politicians from around the state came out to celebrate Dyngus Day on Monday, and food and conversation made sure everybody went home with smiles on their faces.

Known as the unofficial start of the campaign season, the celebration featured traditional Polish food, including kielbasa, sauerkraut, pierogies, sweet-and-sour noodles and pickled eggs, as well as a chance for area residents to meet candidates.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski were the headliners of the event — held at the Knights of Columbus in downtown Elkhart — but quite a few local candidates also made it out to talk with those gathered.

“I love the friendship and the camaraderie you experience when you come to this celebration,” said Michael Christofeno, a candidate forElkhart Circuit Court judge. “You get to see people that you haven’t seen in awhile and you even get to meet some new people.”

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