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The 2012 MASA Picnic and Fifteenth Annual Swap -n- Sell!

will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at the VFW picnic area & rocket launching fields
(VFW 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

Volunteers needed!

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 2011, 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 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 Ave.

Address is 7350 Quaday Ave, Elk River, MN 55330

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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 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)  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" 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:

  • fresh veggies and dip

  • watermelon

  • some kind of salad

  • taco dip and chips

  • pasta salad

  • cheetos

  • cookies

  • pulled pork

  • melon salad

  • cole slaw




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

    • Chris Feld

  • 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.

    •   Alan Estenson

  • 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 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!


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

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

    • Aerotech Interlock launch controller, $10.  (15 years old, but has never been used!)

  • Mike Erpelding - spool give-away.



Rocket Launching


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.  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.


Kitbash Kontest

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 prizes!  Everyone 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:  

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada

    • Semroc "XK-23" kit

    • Semroc "Start" kit

    • Semroc "Aphelion" kit

    • Semroc "Mini Centurion" kit

    • Semroc "Mini Explorer" kit

  • Provided by MASA

    • Estes "Cobra" kit

    • Estes "Monarch" kit

    • Estes B6-4 motors

    • Quest "Astra III" kit

    • Quest "Courier" kit

    • Quest "America" kit

    • Custom "Aztec" kit

    • Custom "Venture" kit

    • Custom "Fiesta" kit

    • Custom "P.O.N.G." kit

    • Semroc "April Dancer" kit

    • Semroc "Sprite" kit

  • Donated by various and anonymous sources

    • Super Soaker Rocket

Group 2 (Age 15 and up) Prizes will include:  

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada

    • Semroc "Hydra VII" kit

  • Provided by MASA

    • Estes "Interceptor-E" kit

    • Pack of Estes E12-4 motors

    • Aerotech G78G-7 single-use motor

    • Home Depot Gift Card

    • Quest 6'x6' shade canopy

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 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  Please use "Picnic RSVP" in the subject line.

See you there!

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