Stompin Grounds History

David Johnson, by way of fate, got his hands on four free tickets to a monster truck show and decided that the event was something new and fun that he and his family could enjoy together. Gabe, his twelve year old son, was enamored, and it was only days later that he began working on a sales pitch for his father and older brother, Colby. The pitch? An event center where the family could invite others to host their own monster truck shows. Sold on both the idea and Gabe’s thoughtful enthusiasm, David and Colby built a business model from their youngest family member’s idea and less than a year later, The Stompin’ Grounds was opened right here in Lamar, the family’s hometown.

About Stompin Grounds

SG Events, LLC, aka (The Stompin’ Grounds) is locally owned and operated by the Johnson family of Lamar, MO.   The Johnsons have been in the heavy construction business for over 30 years and own other local retail companies.   The driving force in the family is David, and two sons, Colby, and Gabe.

The Stompin’ Grounds is an outdoor event venue located on a 100-acre campus in Lamar, MO.  It is designed to host a diversity of events.   It accommodates 3,500 spectators in aluminum bleacher seating to overview the 300 x 600 event ground.  Concert spectator capacity can exceed 9,000.   The midway provides plenty of room for concession and sponsor displays.   The large campus affords gravel-stripped parking and sites for dry camping.

 The venue sits directly behind the Lamar Walmart Supercenter at the Intersection of I-49 and State Hwy 160.   Lamar, MO is centrally located in the four-state area.  One of its appealing attributes is its location and ease of access.   The I-49 corridor adds value because of the ease of commute from markets like Kansas City to NW Arkansas.   Surrounding communities like Carthage, Nevada, and Pittsburg provide overnight accommodation within a 25-minute drive.   Kansas Crossing Casino is just 35 minutes west of the venue.

Since its inception, our mission has been and continues to be to create and sustain an inspiring ensemble of employees, producers, and sponsors.  Together, they have hosted action-packed entertainment integrated with the accessibility and hospitality of a small town.  Overwhelming local and regional support has followed our efforts.  The outreach afforded by our marketing and media partners has been instrumental in our success.

The Stompin’ Grounds hosts three signature events throughout the summer.   I-49 Power Pull, Toughest Monster Truck Tour, and a PBR Challenger series Bull ride.  Each event is top-of-the-line regarding production and is unique. We prioritize quality over quantity.   The venue is available for qualifying private events as well.   Planning and research into expanding our lineup is ongoing.

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