Dyngus Day marks the official beginning of the year’s political-primary-campaign season in South Bend. Notable politicians who have celebrated Dyngus Day in South Bend include the late Robert F. Kennedy, former Governor Joe Kernan, Senator Evan Bayh, former Congressman and New York University President John Brademas, former Maryland Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and former President Bill Clinton. 2008 visitors included then–Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Starting in 2004, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, began celebrating Dyngus Day at the request of South Bend students. Celebrations often include kielbasa, pierogi, sauerkraut, and (of course) beer!