A well-known venue right outside of the Camdenton city limits on Business Route 5 recently received new ownership. The Stone Ridge Amphitheater was put up to auction and went to the highest bidder, business partners from Colorado.
Bill Carle and Robert Mein came across the property online. After making a few trips down to see it, they were sold.
Carle and his family has been in the tourism business for years. He was intrigued by the property when he found out it was located right outside of Camdenton. He had heard of the town since he was young. He remembers being at the family business and watching trucks pull up with 'Blair's Cedar' on the side. Since Blair's is from Camdenton, he felt like he already had a connection to the area.
The partners found out about the property about 50 days ago and just closed on the land Saturday, May 4.
"We are just coming into it," Carle said. "We are excited. It's an amazing facility."
Carle and Mein have ran a similar business before and plan on hosting outdoor movies and bands.
They also plan on eventually moving their families to the area.
"We have a life shift to make," Carle said.
"It's in great condition, now it just needs programming," he said of the facility.
The facility was most recently known as the Lake of the Ozarks Amphitheater and has hosted famous musicians as well as the annual Crossover Christian Music Festival. The capacity is almost 20,000 visitors and sits on 72 acres.
The amphitheater will most likely not be open for this coming tourist season, but will be in the near future. For updates on the amphitheater's progress, keep logging on to lakenewsonline.com.