Arizona Storytellers: Laura Rutherford

Published: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 11:38am
Updated: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 11:43am
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Laura Rutherford

KJZZ is partnering with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

Laura Rutherford grew up in Phoenix right next to the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Her childhood was chaotic and exciting every year when the fair came to town.

In fact, the fair was so wild and loud and cacophonous that it made other things that were equally loud and possibly dangerous seem like no big deal.

After graduating, she went back home to that same neighborhood and rented the house next to her parents. And this is what happened the next year the fair came to town.

Rutherford still lives in that house and still enjoys the fair’s chaos every year.

You can hear more stories like this at our next night of live storytelling Oct. 20 at the Farm at South Mountain. Or check out upcoming nights and learn how to get involved by telling your own story, and see photos and a wrap-up of the event at

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