Palm trees arrive at O'Brien

By WEEK Producer

April 16, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:23 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- A sure sign of Spring in Central Illinois is the arrival of the Palm trees at O'Brien Field.

Monday, the Peoria Chiefs welcomed the trees, just in time for the start of the team's next home-stand.

Kelch Turf Farms and Landscaping from Kickapoo planted the nine Queen Palms in the left and left-centerfield berms. The team's owner says the trees have become a tradition, recognized both near and far.

"It's just what O'Brien field has become known everywhere I got around Minor League baseball and even around baseball," Rocky Vonachen said. "When I say I'm from Peoria and the Peoria Chiefs, they say 'hey, you're the team that's got the Palm trees in their outfield."

The Peoria Chiefs started the tradition when O'Brien field opened ten years ago.

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