SPRING BRANCH—Preserve Our Hill Country Environment Foundation and Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry will host their third annual Bluebonnet Extravaganza Dinner & Auction on Saturday, April 2. This year’s event will be held at the historic Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, one of the few remaining Century Heritage ranches in Texas.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will support the ongoing legal battle against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the 1,500-acre open-pit mine and quarry planned by Vulcan Materials between Bulverde and New Braunfels. The preservation groups will also raise awareness of the negative impacts of poorly supervised aggregate mining and operations in Comal County and throughout the Texas Hill Country.

In April 2021, Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry and Friends of Dry Comal Creek won an unprecedented victory in Travis County District Court, when Judge Maya Guerra Gamble reversed and vacated the air permit TCEQ granted to Vulcan Materials for the proposed Comal County quarry.

Milann Guckian, president of Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry and Preserve Our Hill Country Environment, stated, “We are extremely pleased with Judge Guerra Gamble’s decision. This is a win for Comal County residents, our beautiful Hill Country, and the entire state of Texas. It is a positive step forward in the process we have undertaken to preserve quality of life and our natural resources.”

TCEQ and Vulcan are now appealing that decision to the Third Court of Appeals. Oral arguments before the court will likely be held next, but a date has not yet been scheduled. April’s fundraiser will enable grassroots-level community groups to continue fighting to protect the air, water, and natural resources in Comal County and the Hill Country.

The event will feature fabulous Texas BBQ, local libations, unique photo opportunities, music, dancing, and more. Silent and live auctions will top off the evening as we toast everything that we love about our one-of-a-kind Hill Country. Tickets are $125 per person (plus fees) and can be purchased at www.stop3009vulcanquarry.com/blue22.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. We welcome financial contributions, gift certificates, food or spirits packages, entertainment packages, vendor packages, vacation getaways, sporting goods, hunting/fishing packages. Join your Texas Hill Country neighbors, support a great cause, and promote your business by sponsoring this event and donating auction items or services.

We are grateful to our current sponsors, Knibbe Ranch, Bubba Duke’s Authentic Texas BBQ, San Anthony Jewelry, and Dry Comal Creek Winery & Vineyard. Mark West, of Bids Up Auctions, is our auctioneer. Join us for a beautiful evening supporting a great cause!


Preserve Our Hill Country Environment Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed to preserve, protect, and restore the land, water, air, wildlife, unique features, and quality of life in the Texas Hill Country from the aggressive and insufficiently regulated expansion of the aggregate industry.

Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry is a grassroots-driven campaign opposed to the 1500-acre open-pit limestone quarry proposed by Vulcan Materials in a residential area of central Comal County, between Bulverde and New Braunfels.

Preserve Our Hill Country Environment Bluebonnet Extravaganza Dinner & Auction - April 2, 2022 - Knibbe Ranch - Spring Branch, Texas