FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — You may have noticed a guy wandering around the Minnesota State Fairgrounds inside a giant ear.

No, it's not a mascot for a new brand of cotton swabs.

Inside the ear is KARE 11 photojournalist Ben Garvin, continuing a State Fair tradition where he asks fair-goers their thoughts, and the KARE ear "hears" the responses.

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Over the last few years, Ben has received some of the most heartfelt responses when asking the question, "What are you proud of?" 

Here are a few of the things that the KARE ear heard you saying this year, during its annual appearance at the Minnesota State Fair:

"I'm proud of being able to graduate nursing school after having a traumatic brain injury."

"That I lost 180 pounds."

"I'm proud that I'm able to wear my hijab every day."

"Just the way I was made, by God."

"I'm proud of Minnesota being a very diverse state."

"Eating a bucket of cheese curds for breakfast."

"Being adopted."

"I bought my first house."

"I'm proud that I work in a totally male-dominated industry, commercial roofing, and I'm a leader in my company."

"I'm proud that I never give up."

Listen to the full range of responses, from the emotional to the humorous, in Ben's annual video above.

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