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MASA summer picnic (7/21/2008)

MASA members gathered on Saturday, July 19, at the Elk River & Rogers VFW post  for the 11th annual MASA summer picnic. 

The site was the VFW soccer complex where occasional MASA launches are held.  The VFW kindly let us use their grill and picnic shelter again this year.  There was rocket flying, eating, and a bunch of socializing.  Well over 30 people attended the launch & picnic.  After some thunderstorms passed through mid-afternoon, the weather cooperated to give us a nice evening.

This was an extra special event as it was also a celebration of MASA's 10th anniversary!  The picnic began around 5pm as the launch was winding down.  Grill-meisters Art & Andy cooked up the hamburgers and hot dogs.  As always, there was a ton of food and cold beverages.  After everyone had eaten their fill, we enjoyed MASA anniversary cake for dessert.  Some of MASA's proceeds from NARCON 2008 were used to help make this picnic extra special.

Launchin!

This was also an official MASA launch.  A misfire-alley range was set up on the soccer fields.  Launching began about 2:00 pm and ended just after 5:00 pm.  The launch report tells that side of the story.

Lots of prizes!

At about 6:30 pm, drawings were held for the free "door" prizes.  There were a HUGE number of prizes, and everybody who stayed for (and entered) the drawing went home with something.  Here's the rundown of who got the loot:

  • Donated by MASA

    • $10 gift card to Hub Hobby Center - Mike Erpelding

    • $10 gift card to Hub Hobby Center - Jeff Taylor

    • $10 gift card to Hub Hobby Center - Neal Higgins

    • $10 gift card to Hub Hobby Center - Susan Shmel

    • $10 gift card to Hub Hobby Center - Cindy Whitaker

    • Motor toolbox/organizer - Ethan Erpelding

    • Medium toolboxes - Kevin Day

    • Medium toolboxes - Jim Myers

    • Medium toolboxes - Justine Myers

    • Set of building supplies - Dave Schaffhausen

    • Set of building supplies - Ben Ericksen

    • Set of building supplies - Renee Gibbens

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada

    • Estes X-Ray kit - Elizabeth Shmel

    • Estes Nemesis kit - Rick Vatsaas

    • Estes Canadian Arrow kit - Heather Myers

    • Estes Night Wing kit - Eric Myers

    • Estes Venus Probe kit - John Carlson

    • LOC Star Fighter 152 kit and Aerotech F25-9W motor - Art Gibbens

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Richfield

    • Estes Screaming Eagle kit - Nancy Schaffhausen

    • Semroc Starfire kit - Andy Heren

    • Semrco Squire kit - Austin Whitaker

    • Fliskits Freedom Forge Missile kit - Dwayne Shmel

    • Custom Evil One kit - Scott Gleason

    • Custom Ion Pulsar kit - Quinn Carlson

    • Custom Venture kit - Matthias Gibbens

    • LOC 36" nylon chute - Ken Jarosch

  • Donated by Ken Jarosch

    • Estes SpaceShipOne kit and Quest C6-5 motors - David Whitaker

    • Estes Blast Off Flight Pack - Amy Whitaker

A big "Thank You!" to:

  • Everyone who participated!
  • Everyone who donated door prizes!
  • Grillmeisters Art and Andy
  • Carol for the MASA anniversary cake
  • Neal for the fresh roasted corn-on-the-cob (delicious!)
  • Rick & Mike for running the rocket range

(Alan Estenson)

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