ROCstock returns this weekend

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Despite the threat of inclement weather, the Rocketry Organization of California returns to Lucerne Valley this weekend for the rocket-launching extravaganza known as ROCstock.

Rocketeers from all over the state and the region will begin launching their creations this Saturday (Nov. 10) at about 7 a.m., and the event continues through Sunday. ROC officials will began the setup process on Friday at Lucerne Dry lake, north of town and east of Barstow Road (Highway 247).

According to a National Weather Service forecast, the daytime high on Saturday is 51 degrees, with cloudy skies and a slight chance of rain or snow. Adverse weather could postpone or cancel some launches, but as of Thursday afternoon there is no indication that ROC plans to cancel the event. Sunday's forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 59.

Rocketeers pay a small fee to launch, but spectators can watch free of charge at the launch area, which is accessible from Barstow Road.

The event is held twice a year. ROC had some issues with its BLM permit in the spring, but the problem was ironed out before the June event. Visit http://rocstock.org/rocstock for further details.