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The 2011 MASA Picnic and Fourteenth Annual Swap -n- Sell!

will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at the VFW picnic area & rocket launching fields
(VFW Elk River & Rogers Post 5518, Otsego)

UPDATE - Because of the heat, the rocket launch will NOT be held.  The picnic will go on as planned!

Rocket launching:  3 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 Sunday, July 10

Volunteers needed!

Current RSVP Count: ~50 people  [Last updated on:  July 15]

The fourteenth 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 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, and 1998.



(photos from the 2009 picnic)


(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.

Warning - construction on I-94 west of Maple Grove may result in slow traffic!

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

click here for a map

click here to see this location on Google maps


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 launching.

  • Lots of rocket geeks. [at no additional charge!]



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, 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 silly like that...
People have volunteered to bring the following food items to share:

  • Conflagration Corn Cookery - Neal Higgins will be roasting delicious sweet corn again!

  • Crock pot o' beans

  • Pasta salad

  • veggie platter with ranch dip

  • chocolate chip-oatmeal cookies

  • chocolate chip cookies

  • fruit platter

  • more cookies

  • chips & dip

  • potato salad

  • brownies

  • BBQ pork or chicken

  • watermelon

  • deviled eggs



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

    •  Stuart Lenz

  • 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.

    •  Craig

  • 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 .

    • Alan Estenson

  • LCO/RSO's:  Run the rocket range .

    • 3pm - 4pm Dwayne Shmel

    • 4pm - 5pm [needed]

  • 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

    • Sputnik "kits" - $1 each (limited quantity)

    • All kinds of foam balls (various sizes), cones, other shapes - great for oddrocs - prices vary


  • Stuart Lenz

    • Micro Classics kits and launchers



Rocket Launching


UPDATE - Because of the heat, the rocket launch will NOT be held.  The picnic will go on as planned!

The range WILL be under RSO / LCO control at all times!  The launch range will open at 3pm 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 3pm 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.

Please note that the following limits will be enforced for the picnic launch.

  • Maximum rocket lift-off weight of 16 ounces.

  • Maximum motor size of "E".  (May be limited by the RSO to smaller motors depending upon wind speed and direction.)

  • Clusters allowed only at the discretion of RSO.

  • Multi-stage flights allowed only at the discretion of RSO.

YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN LAUNCH PAD & CONTROLLER (GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT) or arrange in advance to share 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 rocket launch portion of the picnic will be canceled.  The picnic part of the picnic will still be held.


Qubit Build-It Fly-It Race!

Open to contestants of all ages! Build and fly a Qubit in as short a time as possible.

All contestants will gather at the starting line (around 5:30pm). Each one will be given a special cardstock Qubit.

At GO, they will all race from the starting line to the assembly area.  They each then have to cut-out, fold, assemble, and glue together their own Qubit.

They then run from the assembly area to the launching area. They have to prep their Qubit for flight, launch it successfully, and recover it. (It must survive the flight intact or else be disqualified.)

They then run from the launching area to the finish line. First to successfully complete the race wins! Prizes and bragging rights for the adult & youth winners!

Building tools and glues will be provided (although you're welcome to bring your own too.) CA (super glue) will not be provided, but you're welcome to bring your own. Motors and launch equipment will be provided.

If you have no idea what a Qubit is, you can check them out at


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 (or when people are done eating).

Door prizes will include:  

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada

    • Pack of Estes D12-5 engines

    • Pack of Quest A8-3 engines

    • Custom "Scavenger" kit

    • Semroc "Squire" kit

    • Quest "Payloader One" kit

    • Quest "Terrier-Orion" kit

    • Quest "Force 5" kit

    • Estes "Spin Control" RTF rocket with engines

    • Estes "Spin Control" RTF rocket with engines

  • Provided by MASA

    • 6-pack of Estes C6-5 engines

    • Estes "Photon Probe" kit

    • "Turbo Jet 2000" foam glider

    • Estes "Laser Lance" kit

    • Guillow's "Flying Machine" balsa airplane

    • Semroc "Launch Missile" kit

    • Buzz Lightyear kite

    • Transformers kite

    • Water Rocket Set

    • Frisbee

    • Softball

    • Pack of Estes D12-5 engines

    • Pack of Estes D12-5 engines

    • Bottle of thick CA

    • Bottle of thin CA

  • Donated by various and anonymous sources

    • Quest "Future Launch Vehicle" kit

    • Custom "Scavenger" kit

    • Custom "Ion Pulsar" kit

    • Estes "Mini Max" kit

    • Semroc "Sky Hook" kit

    • Quest Q2G2 igniters

    • Top Flight 15" parachute

    • Top Flight 18" parachute

    • FlisKits Deuces Wild Dual Canted 18mm motor mount kit

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Richfield

    • Pack of Estes C6-5 engines

    • Pack of Estes C6-7 engines

  • Donated by Dwayne Shmel:  Sunward "Khufu's Pyramid" kit

  • Donated by Gerald Meux:  Aerotech G77 SU motor

  • Donated by Alan Estenson

    • "Space Buddies" DVDs

    • Fisher Space Pen

  • Donated by Mark Thell

    • Estes "X-Ray" kit

    • Estes "SR-71" kit

    • Estes "Pathfinder" kit

    • BMS "Invader" kit

  • And more... !

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

(door prizes at the 2009 picnic)


RSVP Please!

It would be greatly appreciated if you could RSVP by the evening of Sunday, July 10.  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 any 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  Please use "Picnic RSVP" in the subject line.

See you there!

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