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The 2014 MASA Picnic and Seventeenth Annual Swap -n- Sell!

will be held on Saturday, August 9th at the Columbia Park picnic shelter in Minneapolis.

Shelter is reserved from 3pm until close.  We will try to eat by 6pm.  The door prize drawings will be held after everyone has eaten their fill.

All MASA members, their families, their guests, past MASA members, and prospective club members are invited to attend.

Please RSVP by August 8


Address is Columbia Park, 800 Columbia Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55418.  Google maps link.



What will be Provided

  • Burgers, hot dogs, buns, and condiments.

  • Beverages (soda and ice water).

  • Disposable plates, cups, napkins, utensils, etc.


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!

  • Your Kitbash contest rocket for everyone to see.  We will hold a special launch them at a regular MASA launch.

  • 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) 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'.

  • (optional) Games or other activities.

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:

  • Deviled eggs

  • Watermelon, cantaloupe & grapes

  • Dessert

  • Cheese and crackers




We will need a volunteer or two to man the grill.


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:





Rocket Launching

There is not a launch scheduled with the picnic this year.  If you want to bring your own launch system and small rockets, there is a small open area near the picnic shelter where you can fly them.  We have been warned that this small field is surrounded by rocket eating trees ("rocketus eatemupus").  Bring your MicroMaxx rockets!


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).

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. 

Group 1 (Age 14 and under) Prizes will include:  

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada


  • Provided by MASA


  • Donated by various and anonymous sources


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

  • Donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada


  • Provided by MASA


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


RSVP Please!

It would be greatly appreciated if you could RSVP by August 8.  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 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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