This weekend, Riverton will be celebrating literally the Reunion of the Century, and a local legend is coming out of retirement to provide the meal. Betty's Pizza Riverton High School Class Reunion of the Century is Friday and Saturday, and Betty herself is cooking her nearly mythical pizza. Anyone who has ever graduated from RHS, is related to an RHS grad or is friends with one is invited, organizer and 1973 alum John Dilday says. Betty Giddings, along with her late husband Jerry, opened up their pizza joint in 1961 in Riverton, and it went on to be a local staple for more than 20 years. While Betty's Pizza resided in a couple different locations during its existence, one thing remained the same: it was always a place for high schoolers to hang out. Betty speaks fondly of the days when her place was a town hot spot, and she says she developed close relationships with many of the youth over the years. "People still look her up," her daughter Jan Giddings said of RHS grads coming home from time to time. "Betty was going full guns, man," Dilday said of his high school days. "It was very special. Betty knew everyone." [image: B & J Working.JPG] Betty's Pizza is marked special because of a number of detailed touches, like fine-ground beef and pepperoni slices cut in half. Fully-loaded 16" pies can weigh up to five pounds, she says. You don't miss an ingredient or topping in a single bite. But what really sets her pizza apart from the rest? That's part of the secret recipe. In 1985, Betty's Pizza closed alongside the uranium bust. But in 1998, Dilday recruited her to cater his 25-year reunion. And since then, she has almost annually catered a reunion gathering for one of the older classes. Normally those consist of crowds a little over 100. This reunion of the century will be much, much different. As of a week ago, registrations were already upwards of 450, Dilday said, adding that he is expecting the final tally to be around 600. He floated the idea to her of this larger reunion about eight months ago, and neither expected to grow the way it has. Over the course of the weekend, there will be live music, DJs, dancing, a dunk tank, games, a golf scramble, horse-drawn carriage rides for remote parking, a Cartwheel dinner on Friday (deep-fried hamburgers with cheese, another Riverton classic), and then Betty's Pizza on Saturday evening. Most of the events are taking place at the Riverton Country Club. Walk-ins are welcome, but to register in advance and get complete details visit bettyspizzareunionofthecentury.com
Current RHS athletes will be helping put on the event, and a portion of the
proceeds from the Reunion of the Century will support their programs.
[image: Betty and Jerry Giddings.JPG]
*photos h/t Giddings family*