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MASA summer picnic (8/4/2003)

An evening's fun...

MASA members gathered on Saturday, July 19, at the Elk River & Rogers VFW post  for the 6th annual MASA summer picnic.  The temperature was milder than in past years although dark clouds did threaten for a while.  People started arriving around 3 pm to make use of the launch field before the picnic officially began.  Most people arrived around 5.  About 30 people attended.  The event wound down after the door prize drawings.

The site was the VFW soccer complex where occasional MASA launches are held.  The VFW kindly let us use their grill, tables and chairs, and picnic shelter.  There was rocket flying, eating, and a bunch of socializing.

Launchin!

Making use of the soccer fields, this was an official club launch, and people set up their equipment in a relaxed misfire alley style.  Using flight cards to record stats, the first launch took place not long after 3 pm.  When dark clouds moved in, the launch range was packed up around 5:30.  35 recorded flights took to the skies.

Read the Launch report for the other side of this story.

Swappin'!

As is traditional, the picnic also was the occasion of the MASA swap -n- sell meet.  Damian Kostron was selling body tubes and Mars Lander kits.

Lots of prizes!

Just after 7pm, drawings were held for the free "door" prizes.  Here's the rundown:

  • Seth Cochran, Life Books "Man in Space" illustrated history - donated by Mike Erpelding

  • Russ Lundstrom, Estes Banshee kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • David Whitaker, Estes Banshee kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Damian Kostron, Estes Astro Sat LSX kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Alexander Miller, Estes Astro Sat LSX kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Tanner Eischen, Estes Maxi Alpha 3 kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Tom Lawell, Estes Sky Writer kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Hannah Gibbens, Estes Polaris kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Brad Lundstrom Jr., Quest Nike Smoke kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Cindy Whitaker, Quest Nike K kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Brenda Everitt, Quest Lightning kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Lee Frisvold, Custom Ion Pulsar kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Renee Gibbens, Edmonds Aerospace Geminee kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Amee Whitaker, ASP Versi-Loader 18 kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Austin Whitaker, ASP Eggstravaganza 24 kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Russ Durkee, ASP Sonda II B kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Ted Cochran, ASP Kappa-7-1 kit - donated by Hub Hobby Center

  • Ed Eastman, pack of Estes B6-4 engines - donated by MASA

  • Margret Eastman, pack of Estes B6-4 engines - donated by MASA

  • Mathias Gibbens, pack of Estes C6-5 engines - donated by MASA

  • Michelle Eischen, pack of Estes C6-5 engines - donated by MASA

  • Randy Miller, pack of Estes C11-5 engines - donated by MASA

  • Travis Eischen, Estes Astrocams with film! - donated by Ken Jarosch

  • Art Gibbens, Custom Ion Pulsar kit - donated by Leif Eischen

  • Leif Eischen, Estes Alpha kit - donated by Ted Cochran

  • Brad Lundstrom Sr., Estes Heliocopter kit - donated by Ted Cochran

A big "Thank You!" to:

  • Everyone who participated!
  • Lee Frisvold & Art Gibbens for doin' the grillin'
  • The Eischen family for bringing condiments
  • Glen Overby, the Whitakers, and Ken Jarosch for bringing beverages
  • The Gibbens family for the water-rocket-melon
  • Mike Erpelding and Ken Jarosch for running the launch range
  • Everyone who helped set up and pick up.

(Alan Estenson)

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