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8/3/2009 4:00:00 AM

On Tuesday, July 7, North Crowley Key Club members lured our unsuspecting German visitors deep into the heart of Fort Worth, Texas, and deep into the blistering heat.

The North Crowley Key Club escorted the visiting German Key Club members to the Fort Worth Stockyards during international convention.On Tuesday, July 7, North Crowley Key Club members lured our unsuspecting German visitors deep into the heart of Fort Worth, Texas, and deep into the blistering heat. Braving the sun, heat waves and occasional mirages, the North Crowley Key Club brought them to the Fort Worth Stockyards to give them a taste of what they had expected from Texas; longhorns and cowboys.

We stumbled out of the completely stuffed vans and were welcomed with the odor of cattle. We started our visit off by watching the reenactment of a cattle drive down the road—something you probably wouldn’t see in Germany. Afterwards, we set ourselves loose upon the maze, scurrying around to find the hole punchers, hitting dead end after dead end and whirling and turning constantly in the intense summer heat while our amused spectator—our sponsor—laughed from the observation deck above.

Sweaty but feeling accomplished, we emerged from the maze and ventured into the nearest air conditioned place, which happened to be a candy store. Barrels of candy were arranged around the store. Needless to say, we left with quite a stash, and settled down to watch the Germans sample salt water taffy and Pixie Stix, then scarf a plateful of Texas fries.

Although the German Key Clubbers were withstanding the heat, some of our Texas natives were on the verge of fainting, so we took them to another downtown treasure-the Fort Worth Water Gardens. After taking pictures, climbing up and down mountains of slab and venturing down to the waterfall, everyone was tired and hungry. Naturally, we took them out for some Tex-Mex cuisine. At La Playa Maya, each of our visitors sampled food they’ve never tasted before.

That day was a new experience for our German visitors, who discovered Texas culture and weather in more ways than one. We all had a lot of fun, and we hope they will never forget the real heart of Texas.

Submitted by Francie Chang

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