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MASA summer picnic (7/20/2009)

MASA members gathered on Saturday, July 18, at the Elk River & Rogers VFW post  for the 12th annual MASA summer picnic. 

The site was the VFW soccer complex where occasional MASA launches are held.  There was rocket flying, eating, and a bunch of socializing.  Well over 40 people attended the launch & picnic. 

The picnic began after 5pm as the launch was winding down.  Grill-meister Art cooked up the vittles for us all.  As always, there was a ton of food and cold beverages. 

Several people brought various items for the annual swap -n- sell.  Ted had a whole basket of rocket kits.  Tim had a bunch of kits, too.  Alan had nylon parachutes.  Lyle had his fin jig tools.  Ken also brought a couple kits.

Liftoff of Apollo 11 was on July 16, 1969 with the first manned lunar landing occurring on July 20, 1969.  As part of the picnic, we remembered this historic event.  Several people brought along Saturn models to display (and fly).


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 7:15 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:  [apologies for any misspelled names!]

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada

    • Estes "Taser Twin" kit - Alyssa Taylor

    • Estes "Paveway" kit - Jeff Taylor

    • Estes "Echostar" kit - Hunter Anderson

    • BMS "Arcas" kit - Scott Murphy

    • Estes "Loadstar" kit - Carol Marple

    • BMS balsa nose cone assortment pack - Alissa Hoyme

    • Aerotech G79-7W/L LMS motor - John Carlson

    • Quest First Time Flight Pack motors - Mike Erpelding

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Richfield

    • Quest "Full Moon" kit - Mark Thell

    • Quest "Sprint" kit - Alan Estenson

    • Quest "Harpoon" kit - Kevin Anderson

    • Sunward "Mercury Lander Jr." kit - Joshua Boe

    • Sunward "Rocket Glider" kit - Ken Jarosch

    • Estes "X-Ray" kit - Deb Thell

    • Estes B6-4 motor pack - Don Boe

    • Estes B6-4 motor pack - Levi Anderson

    • Estes B6-4 motor pack - Lyle Merdan

    • Estes D12-5 motor pack - David Whitaker

    • Custom "Sierra" kit - Brendan Carlson

    • Custom "S.L.V." kit - Art Gibbens

    • FlisKits "Espresso" kit - Brelynn Carlson

    • Apogee "Texas Twister" kit - Ken Joyme

    • LOC "EZI-65 Mini" kit - Andy Heren

    • LOC 28" nylon parachute - Blaine Carlson

  • Donated by Todd Schweim

    • FlisKits "RockStar" kit - Susan Shmel

    • Custom "Galileo" kit - Ted Cochran

    • Model Minutes "Flying Spider" kit - Dwayne Shmel

    • Sunward "DesertFox" kit - David Gensler

    • Quest "HL-20" kit - Caleb Boe

  • Donated by Lyle Merdan

    • v1.1 Standard Rocket Assembly Tool - Neal Higgins

  • Donated by Dwayne Shmel

    • Estes Snitch - Renee Gibbens

    • BalloonTime Helium Balloon Kit - Amber Erpelding

    • Estes C6-5 motor pack - Ethan Erpelding

    • Estes C6-5 motor pack - Caroline Andrews

  • Donated by Ken Jarosch

    • Estes Blast Off Flight Pack - McKenna Taylor

  • Donated by Mark Thell

    • Estes "Prowler" kit - Daniel Boe

  • Donated by Carol Marple

    • Estes "Alpha" kit - Quinn Carlson

    • Estes "Hi-flier" kit - Tim Barr

  • Donated by Ted Cochran

    • ASP "WAC Corporal" kit - Cheryl Anderson

    • US Army Patriot rocket - Lancy Murphy

A big "Thank You!" to:

  • Everyone who participated
  • Everyone who donated door prizes
  • Grillmeisters Art and Lyle
  • RSO/LCO volunteers Art, Tim, and Ted
  • Neal for running home and bringing back his grill

(Alan Estenson)

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