MASA Picnic - 2009
and the MASA Apollo 11 40th Anniversary
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
Come for the whole afternoon/evening, or just part of it!
Please RSVP by July 16
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
(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
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
The soccer fields, for rocket launchin'.
Lots of rocket geeks. [ahem]
DOOR PRIZES! WOO-HOO!!
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
Lawn chairs (or a blanket, maybe a folding
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"
(optional) Stuff for the swap
(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
People have volunteered to bring the following food items to
brownies & bars
more bars [mmm..., bars]
chips & cheetos
chips & dip
chips & oreos
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
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.
Fun Activities Augmentator (FAA):
One or more people to bring frisbees, balls, and other fun
picnic-y type things.
Launch Wrangler (LW): Act as head
honcho and supreme overlord of the rocket range
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!
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
Lyle Merdan - v1.1 Standard Rocket Assembly
Tools for $50 each
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
- 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
Free "Door" Prizes
There will be drawings for lots of free
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
Donated by Lyle Merdan
Donated by Dwayne Shmel
Donated by Ken Jarosch
A HUGE thank you to all the business and
individuals who donated prizes!
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!