For many, Sept. 15, 16 and 17 will be time of fun, but for Milo and Norma Bettis this will be a special weekend as they have been selected as the grand marshals for the parade at this year’s Allertonworld Fair.
Milo, 87, and Norma, 86, are both natives to the Allerton area and both have deep historical roots. Both of them are members of the Allerton class of 1948. A question that is asked of them is, were they high school sweethearts. However both just laugh while Norma states, “Well, right at the end.” They were married in 1950 and have been together for 67 years. Their family includes six children, all of whom are married, 16 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Both are active in a number of organizations in the area including the Round Barn Site Board, the Allerton Library Board, Wayne County Farm Bureau Board, Humeston Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s, as well as donors for a number of church fall auctions as well as “Christmas programs or Easter activities.” Norma also serves as a cook for the senior meals and on Wednesdays, they go to Corydon Specialty Care to play bingo with residents. Norma added “It keeps us busy.” When not being involved in the community, they keep an eye on their herd of 346 head of mixed Angus beef cattle located at their farm west of Allerton, as well as hay and pasture land.
They are both well versed in the history of the area and enjoy sharing it with others.
When asked about what made Allerton a good town to live in, Norma responded that Allerton was a “Very friendly community.” So come on down and enjoy the friendliness at the Allertonworld Fair.