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The Barbed Wire Ball is Back!

Saturday, September 28 - Sunday, September 29, 2024

~ Ekone's flagship fundraiser! ~


- Live Music - Barbecue  - Live Auction - Camp Out - Kids' Activities - Pony Time - Guided Canyon Hikes - Sharing Cake with Friends - Crafty & Quality Merch

While there is no charge to attend the Ball, we do require an RSVP for all attendees so we know how many burgers to cook (and can limit numbers if needed...) so please RSVP ASAP!

​We are SO excited to cook a meal for you at the new Yummy Tummy Cafe!


This year, we're approaching the Ball in the spirit of reciprocal generosity!  No tickets are required ~ we will do our best to share a beautiful ranch weekend with you ~ and we hope that you'll be generous with Ekone Ranch in the ways that you are able.  

(RSVP is still required)

We cannot wait to be together!

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.

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Here are some video offerings from the olden days, and from our epic 2020 UnBarbed Wire Ball video series....

Event Details & FAQ

  • WHO: YOU! and 300ish other fabulous humans of all ages!

  • WHAT: Ekone's annual family festival and fundraiser, back in person this year!

  • WHEN: Gates open at 11am Saturday, September 23, and cleanup starts at noon on Sunday, September 24. We will be posting the Event Schedule soon, and you can come for all, or part!

  • WHERE: Ekone Ranch, 401 Ekone Rd, Goldendale, WA.  Click Here for directions (don't use your GPS)

  • WHY: To celebrate and support the resilience of land and community! And have fun!

  • HOW: Through the labor of 60+ volunteers & staff, and the generosity of attendees! Want to help make the magic? Email to volunteer, or Click Here to make a donation. 

  • TICKETS: We have abandoned the concept of tickets, in favor of reciprocal generosity! Please come be our guest, and support the work of Ekone Ranch as generously as you are able.

  • RSVP:  Is really important to help us plan!  Please, please, please RSVP!

  • LODGING: This is a camping event! We'll have two sweet camping areas set up, in the Aspen Grove and the Oak Meadows. The Bunkhouse is reserved for volunteers. Goldendale has two comfortable motels, the Ponderosa and Quality Inn, just 25 minutes away!

  • FRIDAY: Is our setup day with the Superstar volunteer crew...we are unable to accommodate early arrivals, sorry! If you'd like to camp in the area on Friday night, check out Brooks Memorial State Park.

  • DOGS:  Nope, sorry.  <3

  • AUCTION: We'll have a live auction with about 15 rad items, including some sweet Ekone experiences available ONLY at the Ball. Have an item to contribute? Email with your offer!

  • SILENT AUCTION BECOMES MOST EXCELLENT MERCH TABLE:  Last year we quit doing a silent auction, and we do not miss the logistics...but we DO miss having a fun and beautiful shopping experience at the Ball, seeing the wonderful things created by our community, and inviting folks to support Ekone in this way! We're looking for gifts of quality items (handcrafted? Ekone-themed? one-of-a-kind? unique experiences?), mostly under $200 in value, to offer for sale alongside Ekone merch at the event. Email with your offer, or tell us about it when you RSVP!

  • REMOTE BIDS: Are welcome, just email with your bid limit and we'll assign you a proxy bidder!

  • CASH BAR & MERCH:  The beer garden will accept cash and card. Ekone merch will also be available for purchase.

  • HEALTH AND WELLNESS:  We are not requiring a Covid test this year ~ but please, please, please do not attend the Ball if you aren't feeling well.  Masks are always welcome, and the event is largely outdoors!

  • SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Coming Soon!

  • DESSERTS & MUSICAL SQUARES:  Can you bring a yummy dessert for our fun Musical Squares game? Let us know when you RSVP! (Read Here about why we're not calling this a "cakewalk" anymore, and for details about how we're Ekone-ifying this game!)

  • KIDS:  Yes! Bring kids! They will have so much fun! Also please plan on actively supervising and parenting's not camp.  :) 

  • VOLUNTEER:  Being on the crew is so fun! Email or let us know when you RSVP.

  • DONATE:  Can you help us throw a great event, AND support the staff and organization who keep the solar panels charged and lead the programs we are known for??  Click Here to make a tax-deductible gift now, and/or get ready to raise your paddle high when the time comes.

Event Details & FAQ

Coming up!

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The Barbed Wire Ball!

Family FUNdraiser September 28-29th

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