Talking about parenting: Orange Grove is becoming a reality

Published 9:37 pm Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Chris Kovatch

This past weekend the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce’s Orange Grove project officially became a reality when Brad Childs of Childs Building Supply delivered the first 11 oranges to locations throughout Orange County. 

This is a project that has been on the Chamber’s radar for many years and began to gain traction this year. I was honored to be able to serve on the committee that was responsible for this project.

I know some people may be thinking to themselves and asking what is so special about a 1000-pound orange? My answer to that question is there are plenty of reasons.

The goal of this project was initially to create a sense of unity throughout Orange County. While there are different cities, we all have similar goals in promoting our region to those who visit and are looking to possibly relocate.

We also hoped this project would help foster growth of an existing sense of pride among local businesses. 

Pride in what they do; pride in being a part of our area; and pride in the creativity they use to create the look of their orange.

This project has taken off far quicker than I ever imagined. 

As of this morning, we have close to 80 oranges ordered and I am sure many more orders will be submitted in the coming days.

This project would not be possible without the chamber team that put it together and also without the help of one member of our community. Brad Childs of Childs Building Supply volunteered to deliver the oranges for this project at its inception. 

The delivery process is not an easy one. Though we have improved with each delivery, it does require a certain amount of time and expertise with machinery. 

I will be forever grateful for his commitment to help and make this project a reality. If you happen to see Brad in passing, please thank him for his major contribution to this project.

There is an air of change blowing in Orange-both in our city and county. 

I truly believe the best is yet to come and that we all play a part in making this progress happen. 

It is very easy to talk about change, but driving change requires action and commitment. Be a part of that change. Be active in your community and be a part of making things better.


Chris Kovatch is a resident of Orange County. You can reach him at