The 2012 MASA Picnic and Fifteenth Annual
will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the VFW picnic area &
rocket launching fields
Elk River & Rogers Post 5518, Otsego)
Rocket launching: 3 pm - 5 pm
Eating & socializing: 5 pm - 8 pm
All MASA members, their families, their guests,
past MASA members, and prospective club members are invited to attend.
Come for the whole afternoon/evening, or just part of it!
Please RSVP by
Wednesday, July 18
The fifteenth 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
(photos from the 2009 picnic)
(from the Twin Cities)
Take I-94 west toward St. Cloud. Exit on Hwy 101 North (Rogers/Elk River
exit). Exit from 101 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
Google maps link
View MASA Launch Sites in a larger map
What will be Provided
Burgers, 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 launching.
Lots of rocket geeks. [at no additional charge!]
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.
Lawn chairs (or a blanket, maybe a folding
A shade canopy (if you own one) Please make sure
you stake it to the ground!
(optional) If you don't care for burgers and 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
silly like that...
People have volunteered to bring the following food items to
fresh veggies and dip
some kind of salad
taco dip and chips
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
3pm - 4pm Ted Cochran
4pm - 5pm Jeff Taylor
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:
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.
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.
If you have your entry in the 2012 MASA Kitbash
Kontest complete, be sure to bring it to the picnic to be
eligible for a special prize drawing! Extra "bonus points"
if you fly it at the picnic launch.
Free "Door" Prizes
There will be drawings for lots of free
attending will be eligible for these drawings. Must be present at the
time of the drawing to win. Drawing will be held around 7pm
(or whenever people are done eating).
The drawings will be organized a bit differently
this year than in the past. There will be two groups of
prizes: Group 1 - kids 14 and under, and Group 2 -
everyone else. There will be enough Group 1 prizes so that
all kids in attendance will each win something. In Group
2, we are going for "quality instead of quantity". This
will make for a more exciting prize drawing, but not everyone in
Group 2 will go home with a prize. We still welcome all
donations since we can always use them for door prizes, special
event prizes, FITI, etc.
Group 1 (Age 14 and under) Prizes will include:
Group 2 (Age 15 and up) Prizes will include:
A HUGE thank you to all the businesses and
individuals who donated prizes!
(door prizes at the 2009 picnic)
It would be greatly appreciated if you could RSVP
by the evening of Wednesday, July 18. 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
MASARocketry@rocketmail.com Please use "Picnic RSVP"
in the subject line.
See you there!