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MASA Picnic - Version 2007

and The Tenth Annual MASA Swap -n- Sell!

will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2007
rocket launching 2 pm - 5 pm
eating & socializing 5 pm - 8 pm

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

All MASA members, their families, their guests, and prospective members are welcome to attend!
Come for the whole afternoon/evening, or just part of it!
Please RSVP by July 20
Volunteers needed!

Last updated on:  July 18

RSVP Count: 36 people

The tenth 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 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. Take a left onto Hwy 42 and then a left onto Quaday Ave. Field is adjacent to a VFW community center on the left side of Quaday Ave.   (OR, take a left onto Hwy 37 and then the first right after the townhouses onto Quaday.  The field will then be on your right.)


What will be Provided

  • Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, and condiments!

  • Beverages! (soda and such)

  • 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.

  • 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 or hamburgers, 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:

  • pasta or potato salad

  • baked beans

  • chips

  • brownies

  • coleslaw

  • cookies




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!

    •  Andy Heren

    •  Art Gibbens

  • 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!

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

    •  [needed]

  • 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

    • 2pm - 3pm Buzz McDermott

    • 3pm - 4pm Jeff Taylor

    • 4pm - 5pm Ted Cochran

  • 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:

  • Dwayne Shmel - "For the swap-n-sell, I have extra C6-5 motors that I would like to swap for other motor sizes.  I also have D12-5ís that I would like to trade for D12-3ís"

  • Alan Estenson - Estes Quickfire R/C glider (NIB) - $15; used pop-up shade canopy - FREE

  • Buzz McDermott - "I simply have WAY too many model rocket parts, kits, motors, etc, piled up all over the basement. I've GOT to get rid of some if it. My loss is your gain. I will be brining a couple of tubs full of Estes, Quest, Semroc, Flis and other manufacturers' kits to the picnic. Prices won't quite be 'garage sale cheap' but they will definitely be better than mail order or local retail, and there's no tax or shipping charges!  There will also be a few 'classic' kits for sale at REASONABLE (versus inflated Ebay) prices for those who really want an OOP kit to build.  Everything is also negotiable. Come to the MASA picnic and help me make a little room in my basement!!"

  • Ken Jarosch - 3- Estes Alpha Starter Sets $10.00 each; 1- Edmonds Arcie Best offer over $20.00 (1996 price $34)



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.)

If you have a "Goony" rocket that you built for the Baby Bertha kitbash, be sure to bring it along!

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 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 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.


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

    • Edmonds Stage 2 Thunder kit

    • BMS/Alway Zenit kit

    • ASP 18mm parachute duration kit

    • BMS Gyroc clone kit

    • BMS K10 Cobra clone kit

    • Semroc Centurion kit

    • FlisKits D-Nelson Tomahawk kit

    • Custom Ion Pulsar kit

    • Estes Sizzler kit

    • Pack of Estes B4-4 engines

    • Pack of Estes C6-5 engines

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Richfield

    • About a dozen items (surprise!)

  • Donated by Jeff Taylor

    • FlisKits UFFO kit

  • Donated by Ron Wirth

    • Thrustline V2 kit

  • Donated by Ken Jarosh

    • TLP Matra Super 530D kit

    • TLP Matra "Magic" R.550

    • 1- Estes Hi-Flier L1

    • 3- Estes Sky Writers E2X

    • 1- Estes Shuttle Express E2X

    • 1- Estes Cosmic Cobra E2x

    • 9- Art Applewhite 18mm two part Pyramid (paper) rockets

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 20.  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, 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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