Oranges are here

Published 7:03 am Wednesday, October 30, 2019

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


Concrete oranges have arrived as The Orange Grove project is one step closer to reality. 

The first truckload of the 650-pound concrete oranges, designed specifically for this project, arrived on Monday, a month earlier than the anticipated projected December date.

The sculptures are available to purchase to be decorated and displayed outside one’s business or home. 

Once the sculptures are on display, a list of locations will be available on the chamber’s website to share with visitors to the area. 

The chamber is working with Brad Child’s, owner of Child’s Hardware, to coordinate the delivery of the oranges in the coming week.

“Child’s is the official paint supplier of the Orange Grove,” Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Director Treasurer Chris Kovatch said. “Brad Childs is delivering all of the oranges for free for the chamber.”

One can still place an order for an orange. A form can be found online. Concrete pads are also available for a small fee.

The project is designed to help bring all the communities in Orange County together while instilling community pride.

The concrete oranges, arriving in concrete color, will be encouraged to be decorated and painted within chamber guidelines.

The project, while encouraging unification within the county, also encourages to shop Orange County first.

The cost of an orange is $250 for chamber members and $500 for nonmembers.

Nonmembers will also receive a one-year membership with the chamber allowing the business to discover firsthand the benefits of chamber membership.