Events Planned To Help Build Holton Reservoir Shelter House Honoring Area Muleman

Fundraisers are under way to construct an enclosed shelter house at the Banner Creek Reservoir near Holton.

“It will be built in honor of patriarch muleman Fritz Dillner. Fritz’ loved his family and the lake.  He didn’t know a stranger,” insisted Deb Dillner, Mayetta, who’s coordinating the various fundraising efforts.

“We are doing another season of Flower Power Fundraising, with orders needed in before the last week of April.  This campaign includes late spring plants like peonies, and summer blooming bulbs.

“For those ordering spring blooming bulbs last fall, they should be coming up now, and some are already blooming,” said Dillner, pointing out the link:

Deb and Tim Dillner
Deb and Tim Dillner have their mules saddled and have already been practicing under the stars and outside lights getting ready for the Fritz’ Mule Fun Day at the Circleville Saddle Club, on Highway 79, northwest of Holton in Jackson County, Saturday, April 26, at 10 o’clock. It will serve as one of several fundraisers planned this year to help construct an enclosed shelter house in memory of Fritz Dillner at the Banner Creek Reservoir near Holton.

Next in line, the Dillner family has planned a Fritz’ Mule Fun Day for all at the Circleville Saddle Club, on Highway 79, northwest of Holton in Jackson County, Saturday, April 26, with  the gates opening  at 9 o’clock, and the first  events at 10 o’clock.

“This event is for mule and donkey enthusiasts and competitors, but horses may participate for exhibition only,” Dillner conceded.

Classes include trail, poles, diaper race, barrels, bat race, flag race, and jumping.  Age groups are: 1-6, 7-9, 10-13, 14-18, and over 18.

“All classes will have 50 percent payback, plus prizes for the overall top cowboy and top cowgirl, with the jump class not included in all-around tabulations,” Dillner said.

Pre-entries are requested by April 17, to Dillner at 785-250-4230,, or Facebook. Club website is

“Entrance at the gate is free-will donation, and concessions will be available on the grounds,” Dillner said.

Additional Fritz Dillner Shelter House fundraisers include Breakfast at the Lake on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1.

“The family will be hosting a hot breakfast at Banner Creek Lake, with campers and all others invited to come share in the meal during the holiday weekends,” Dillner welcomed.

Fritz’ Fantastic Fireworks is a shelter fundraising effort the family will be organizing with a fireworks stand in Hoyt, for people to purchase their fireworks for their Fourth of July celebrations, Dillner advised.

“The family will host a trail ride and chuck wagon supper as a fundraiser again this year on Saturday, Oct. 11, with all riders and diners invited to join us,” Dillner said.

“Please mark your calendars to participate in all of these family fun activities and help fund construction of the Fritz Dillner Shelter House at Lake Banner near Holton,” requested Dillner who can be contacted at