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Thursday, September 24 - Sunday, September 27, 2020

~ A lil taste of Ekone Magic at home ~

We've bottled up as much Ekone Magic as possible to help you get through the long winter, and ask for your support so Ekone does too.

We know, it won't be the same!  Not pretending it will be...but still, there's sweetness to share.  Please join us in simple celebration and support of community and place.


Featuring an Ekone birthday party, horse adventures, retreats and other unique Ekone experiences not for sale anywhere else, and some fabulous items donated by our wonderful community!


Opens September 24 at 6am, closes September 27 at 7pm.


Raise those bid numbers high and proud (erm, click often and with courage), and remember that every dollar makes a real difference in building a new Yummy Tummy Cafe for Ekone Ranch.

Why do we need a new kitchen?  Glad you asked!  Rattlesnakes, frogs, skunks, and ten other reasons!

Want to just straight-up donate instead?  Your donation will be doubled!  Two dedicated donors have challenged us to raise $20,000 in donations during the event, and will match you dollar for dollar!

Plus, your donation will really truly help us make the case for a $250,000's that for a multiplier??









FRIDAY, 9/25


























SUNDAY, 9/27

How the UnBarbed Wire Ball Works:

  • Watch for daily updates, and plan a little time to tune in each day!

  • Register to bid in the auction, make a donation, and have a direct line to the fun.

  • No tickets (or gas money!) required...please consider a donation in lieu of tickets?

  • Donations made throughout the event will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000! 

  • All funds raised will help build the new kitchen that Ekone Ranch so very much needs.

What It Makes Possible:

The Saddle Up Capital Campaign (to create the facilities for Ekone's future!) is at a really exciting turning point.  We are hoping & working with all our might towards building the much-needed new Yummy Tummy Cafe in 2021!  We have a very good shot at a $250,000 grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust, but we need to show them we can raise the remaining $674,000 we need to finish this work.  To stay on track, we need individual donors to kick in another $40,000 this year. 

Your generous donations and extravagant bidding will help leverage $250,000 and get that new kitchen DONE!

Really, this is a pivotal time to dig deep and lean in with a big YES to the work of Ekone.  Because of the Murdock grant, and because Ekone is so important to so many kids, families, and adults, now and in the future.  Individual and collective health is fostered here.  Skills, nourishment, and a powerful work ethic are infused into the next generation of creative problem solvers here.  We need your support to ensure that it continues, and prepare Ekone to support healing and empowerment for thousands of kids and adults in the years to come.

Let's not forget how much fun the at-the-ranch Barbed Wire Ball is--or how important it is to making Ekone's work possible!  Enjoy these scenes from years past...we'll be together again soon!

No wristband needed this year!

No wristband needed this year!

Barbeque Bob at Ekone Ranch

Tune in with Barbeque Bob to learn how he grills them to perfection!

Yummy Tummy spread at Ekone Ranch

Chris and Liz will share some secret recipes and Yummy Tummy Cafe tips and tricks!

Cuddling chicks at Ekone Ranch

Liz and Michelle will bring the critters to the party, but you'll have to be in charge of your own face paint this year.

Pony Rides at Ekone Ranch

Ever wondered what Toneka's secrets are? We'll be asking!

Silent Auction at Ekone Ranch

The online auction will be just as full of fabulous items, with less elbow-jostling.

Auctioneer at Ekone Ranch

We'll sure miss David's "heyyyyyy bidder bidder", but still offer some super-special Ekone experiences. Horse trip to the mountains, anyone??

Wild Sparks at Ekone Ranch

The Wild Sparks will share some sweet tunes with us from afar!

Matney at Ekone Ranch

Matney and friends will try hard to get us dancing in the kitchen. Also watch out for appearances from Andrew, Shannon, Evan, Lilly, and more!

Coming up!


an oasis of support, spacious play, and a sense of community