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For weather related safety reasons, the decision has been made to cancel the afternoon rocket-launching portion of the picnic.  THE PICNIC ITSELF IS STILL BEING HELD.

Schedule is now:  picnic runs from 5-8pm, grilling will start around 6pm with food ready shortly thereafter, door prizes will be drawn somewhere around 7 or 7:30pm, people are welcome to stay as late as they want (but we're guessing that most will dash home for some A/C)


The weather forecast for Saturday afternoon is for strong sunshine, a high temperature of 98 degrees, and winds from the SSW at 15+ mph.  An excessive heat watch is in effect.   For those coming to the picnic, please plan accordingly.  Recommended that you bring a hat, sunscreen, lots of water to drink, chairs to sit in, and a pop-up shade canopy (if you own one).


MASA Picnic - Version 2006

and The Ninth Annual MASA Swap -n- Sell!

will be held on:  Saturday, July 15, 2006

and it will be held at:  VFW picnic area & rocket launchin' fields
Elk River & Rogers VFW post, Otsego
Date: Saturday, July 16
Times: rocket launching 1pm - 5pm
eating & socializing 5 pm - 8 pm

All MASA members, their families, their guests, and prospective members are welcome to attend!  Come for the whole day, or just part of it!
Please RSVP by July 13
Volunteers needed!

Last updated on:  July 14

RSVP Count: 36 people (confirmed)

The ninth 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 (plenty of that), fun and games, the opportunity for rocket launching, and drawings for prizes!  Put it on your calendar now; it's always lots of fun!

Take a look at what went on at the picnics in 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. Take a left onto Hwy 42 and then a left onto Quaday Ave. The VFW is on the left side of Quaday Ave. 


What will be Provided

  • Hot dogs, buns, and condiments!

  • Disposable plates, cups, napkins, utensils, etc

  • Beverages! (soda and such)

  • 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

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

  • Your MASA name tag.

  • 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'

  • 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!

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:

  • "ballistic brownies"

  • cookies

  • mystery salad (?)

  • chips & cheetos

  • chili & cheese for the hot dogs




We need people to help out!

  • Fabulous Grill-Meister (FGM):  One or more people to fire up the BBQ.  Will need to bring charcoal, lighter fluid, matches, spatulas, and other grilling accessories as desired.  THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB OF THE EVENING!

    •  Andy Heren

    •  [needed]

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

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

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

    •  Gibbens family

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

    • [needed]

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

    • [needed]

  • LCO/RSO's:  Run the rocket range

    • 1pm - 2pm [needed]

    • 2pm - 3pm Buzz McDermott

    • 3pm - 4pm [needed]

    • 4pm - 5pm [needed]

  • Anything else that you'd specifically like to volunteer to do?  Just speak up!

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:

  • Stuart Lenz will have MicroClassics rocket kits for sale.



Rocket Launching

The range WILL be under RSO / LCO control at all times!  The launch range will open at 1pm 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 1pm 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 one pound.
  • Normal maximum motor size of "E".
  • Clusters & 3-stage flights allowed but are subject to RSO approval.

YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN LAUNCH PAD & CONTROLLER (GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT) or arrange in advance to share one with someone else.  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!


Free "Door" Prizes

There will be drawings for lots and lots of free prizes!  These prizes have been donated by MASA, MASA members, and Hub Hobby Center of Little Canada and Richfield.  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

    • Pack of Estes B4-4 motors

    • Pack of Estes C6-5 motors

    • Pack of Estes D12-5 motors

    • Semroc Rawhide kit

    • Semroc Laser-X kit

    • FlisKits UFFO kit

    • Estes Baby Bertha kit

    • Estes Swift kit

    • Estes Wacky Wiggler kit

    • Estes Thunderstar kit

    • Estes Echostar kit

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Richfield

    • Quest B6-0 motors

    • Estes Bandit kit

    • Estes Omloid kit

  • Donated by Carol Marple

    • Custom SAM-X kit

    • Quest Screamin' Demon kit

  • Donated by Mark Thell

    • Quest Big Rage

    • Estes Mach 12

  • Donated by Jeff Taylor

    • Quest Navaho AGM kit

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 Thursday, July 13.  Please list: how many people will be attending, what food item you'll be bringing to share (if you know what it'll be), if you'll be filling any of the volunteer positions, 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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