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MASA Picnic - 2009

The Twelfth Annual MASA Swap -n- Sell!

and the MASA Apollo 11 40th Anniversary Commemorative

will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2009

at the VFW picnic area & rocket launchin' fields
Elk River & Rogers VFW post, Otsego

rocket launching:  2 pm - 5 pm
eating & socializing:  5 pm - 8 pm

All MASA members, their families, their guests, past MASA members, and prospective members are invited to attend!
Come for the whole afternoon/evening, or just part of it!
Please RSVP by July 16
Volunteers needed!

Last updated on:  July 17

RSVP Count: 35 people

The twelfth annual MASA summer picnic will be held at the VFW soccer fields that are an occasional club launch site near Elk River.   There will be eating, rocket talk, fun and games, the opportunity for rocket launching, and drawings for free prizes!  Put it on your calendar now; it's always lots of fun!

Take a look at what went on at the picnics in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, and 1998.


(from the Twin Cities)
Take I-94 west toward St. Cloud. Exit on Hwy 101 (Rogers/Elk River exit).  Take a right (North) on Hwy 101 and drive several miles. Exit at Highway 37, take a left and drive just past the townhouses, take a right onto Quaday Ave. Field is adjacent to a VFW community center on the right side of Quaday Ave.

Address is 7350 Quaday Ave, Elk River, MN 55330.

click here for a map


What will be Provided

  • Hot dogs, buns, and condiments!

  • Beverages! (soda and ice water)

  • Disposable plates, cups, napkins, utensils, etc

  • Coolers with ice for things that need to be kept cool

  • The soccer fields, for rocket launchin'.

  • Lots of rocket geeks. [ahem]



What you should Bring

  • A food item to share with the group - traditional picnic items like potato salad, chips, cookies, beans, etc or anything else that you'd like to bring!

  • Any serving utensils or cutting knives that you need for your shared food items.

  • Your MASA name tag.

  • Saturn V rockets to display for the Apollo 11 commemorative

  • Lawn chairs (or a blanket, maybe a folding table).

  • A shade canopy (if you own one)  Make sure you stake it to the ground!

  • (optional) If you don't care for hot dogs, feel free to bring your own grill-able item.

  • (optional) Personal or "adult" beverages.

  • (optional) Stuff for the swap -n- sell.

  • (optional) Your latest rocket project - just to show it off.

  • (optional) Rockets and launch equipment so you can do some flyin'

The following list will be updated regularly as people RSVP so we don't end up with 10 bags of chips or something like that...
People have volunteered to bring the following food items to share:

  • brownies & bars

  • veggie tray

  • more bars [mmm..., bars]

  • cookies

  • salad

  • chips & cheetos

  • chips & dip

  • baked beans

  • chips & oreos

  • coleslaw

  • potato salad



We need people to help out!

  • Fabulous Grill-Meister (FGM):  One or more people to fire up the BBQ.  Will need to bring spatulas and other grilling implements.  THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB OF THE EVENING!

    •  Art Gibbens

    •  Lyle Merdan

  • Condiment Provider (CP):  MASA will be providing catsup, mustard, and relish.  If you'd like to bring other condiments to share, feel free to do so!

  • Beverage Supply Officer (BSO):   MASA will be providing soda and ice water!

  • Watermelon Carving Wizard (WCW):   Someone to bring a tasty picnic-type watermelon as well as suitable knife to carve it up.

    •  Carol Marple

  • Fun Activities Augmentator (FAA):   One or more people to bring frisbees, balls, and other fun picnic-y type things.

    • [needed]

  • Launch Wrangler (LW):  Act as head honcho and supreme overlord of the rocket range

    • Jeff Taylor

  • LCO/RSO's:  Run the rocket range

    • 2pm - 3pm Art Gibbens

    • 3pm - 4pm Tim Barr

    • 4pm - 5pm Ted Cochran

  • Anything else that you'd specifically like to volunteer to do?  Please let us know.

To sign up for any of these, please email or include it with your RSVP.  Thank you!


Swap -n- Sell

MASA members are invited to bring along any rocketry-related items that they would like to swap or sell.  (Time to clean out that closet!)

The following people will be bringing:

  • Alan Estenson -  9" nylon parachutes, $3 each or 4 for $10

  • Ken Jarosch - LOC Forte PK-32 kit (45.2" x 3.10" 20 oz. 38 mm version) - $50
    Edmonds Aerospace "Arcie" kit - free for anyone who will build it (even as a pop-pod free flight glider). NOT to be saved as a Collectors Item please. I'd like to see it launched.

  • Dwayne Shmel - 2 part Urethane Foam "kit". Makes about 1 cubic foot of expanded foam.  4 pound/CF density. $19.

  • Lyle Merdan - v1.1 Standard Rocket Assembly Tools for $50 each


Rocket Launching

The range WILL be under RSO / LCO control at all times!  The launch range will open at 2pm and shut down at 5pm sharp.  NO LAUNCHES WILL BE PERMITTED AFTER 5PM.  (Water rockets and air-powered foam "stomp" rockets will be permitted after 5pm.)

This will be an official MASA club launch.  The launch range will be open from 2pm until 5pm.  Flight cards will be used to record all launches.  If there is not a RSO/LCO volunteer for a duty shift, the range will be shut down until a RSO/LCO comes on duty.  The field limits are:

  • Maximum lift-off weight of 53 ounces.
  • Maximum motor size of "G".  (May be limited by the RSO to smaller motors depending upon wind speed and direction.)
  • Clusters allowed only under discretion of RSO
  • 3-stage flights allowed only under discretion of RSO

YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN LAUNCH PAD & CONTROLLER (GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT) or arrange in advance to share one with someone else.  (We will NOT be setting up any "community pads".)  We will lay out a range area using a "misfire alley" configuration.  The Launch Wrangler will direct you on where to set up your equipment on this range.  You will use your own launch equipment and push your own launch button, but you will do so under the direction of an LCO/RSO.  We will provide cellulose wadding and flight cards.

If you have any questions about this setup, please ask them now!

In the case of extreme heat or high winds, the launching portion of the picnic will be canceled.  The, um, picnic part of the picnic will still be held.


Apollo 11 40th Anniversary Commemorative Event

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 will be honoring this historic event.  If you have a Saturn V of any type, please bring it along for display.  If it's a flying model, you're welcome to launch it, too!


Free "Door" Prizes

There will be drawings for lots of free prizes!  Everyone attending will be eligible for these drawings.  If you have something to donate, or you convince your local hobby store to donate something, please let us know!  Must be present at the time of the drawing to win.  Drawing will be held around 7pm.

Door prizes will include:  

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada

    • Estes "Taser Twin" kit

    • Estes "Paveway" kit

    • Estes "Echostar" kit

    • BMS "Arcas" kit

    • Estes "Loadstar" kit

    • BMS balsa nose cone assortment pack

    • Aerotech G79-7W/L LMS motor

    • Quest First Time Flight Pack motors

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Richfield

    • Quest "Full Moon" kit

    • Quest "Sprint" kit

    • Quest "Harpoon" kit

    • Sunward "Mercury Lander Jr." kit

    • Sunward "Rocket Glider" kit

    • Estes "X-Ray" kit

    • Estes B6-4 motor pack

    • Estes B6-4 motor pack

    • Estes B6-4 motor pack

    • Estes D12-5 motor pack

    • Custom "Sierra" kit

    • Custom "S.L.V." kit

    • FlisKits "Espresso" kit

    • Apogee "Texas Twister" kit

    • LOC "EZI-65 Mini" kit

    • LOC 28" nylon parachute

  • Donated by Todd Schweim

    • FlisKits "RockStar" kit

    • Custom "Galileo" kit

    • Model Minutes "Flying Spider" kit

    • Sunward "DesertFox" kit

    • Quest "HL-20" kit

  • Donated by Lyle Merdan

    • v1.1 Standard Rocket Assembly Tool

  • Donated by Dwayne Shmel

    • Estes Snitch

    • BalloonTime Helium Balloon Kit

  • Donated by Ken Jarosch

    • Estes Blast Off Flight Pack

A HUGE thank you to all the business and individuals who donated prizes!


RSVP Please!

It would be greatly appreciated if you could RSVP by the evening of Thursday, July 16.  Please list: how many people will be attending, what food item you'll be bringing to share for the pot-luck (if you know what it'll be), if you'll be filling any of the volunteer positions, if you'll be donating any door prizes, and items you'll be bringing for the swap -n- sell (if you want them listed on this page beforehand).

Please send your email RSVP to

See you there!

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