June 26 was a foggy, rainy day in Alabaster Township. But that didn’t deter the nearly 50 families who showed up for USG’s Free Fishing Weekend. The company opened its retired quarry ponds to the public for the annual activity, during which anglers of all ages could try to reel in some of the naturally occurring fish which are present in the waters.


ALABASTER Twp. – Nearly 50 families fished through the rain on Saturday, June 26, when USG hosted its annual Free Fishing Weekend event at their retired quarry ponds in Alabaster Township.

Father and Son Fishing

Troy Roper of Northwoods Wholesale Outlet, left, is pictured here with his son, Finn, during the USG Free Fishing Weekend event on June 26. Those from Northwoods again served as a partner for the occasion, bringing along bait, free fishing tackle for everyone and gift cards to be raffled off for visitors.

USG supplied loaner fishing tackle, hot dogs and snacks. Event partners, Northwoods Wholesale Outlet, also brought bait, free fishing tackle for everyone and two, $50 gift cards for a raffle.

According to organizers, the prize winners were Diane and Bob Petersen of Tawas City, and East Tawas resident Sherri Town.


“We were excited to get back to hosting this event,” said USG Alabaster Operations Manager Jim Sheehan.

As reported, the fishing weekend was suspended last year due to COVID-19.


“The big question on Friday night was whether anyone would brave the weather to come out for it,” Sheehan said of the 2021 event. “We were glad to see quite a few people didn’t mind the rain.”

This youngster was all smiles during Free Fishing Weekend, hosted by USG. The activity made a successful return in 2021, after it was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



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