94th Annual State Singing Convention, June 20-22
(Benson, NC) – The oldest festival in the county and one of the oldest in the state began in 1921 as a treat for the town. Area church choirs met in an old tobacco warehouse to have a “sing.” About 200 people heard two choirs that day, but over the years thousands would come every year for the event.
Today, large audiences will still gather June 20-22, 2014 at the Benson Singing Grove on Main Street where gospel groups come to compete for trophies. Starting at 7pm Friday, June 20, there will be six different groups performing including The Dunns, The Hinshaw Family, and Fortress. Along with competitions on Saturday and Sunday, there will also be featured concerts by Karen Peck and New River on Saturday and The Harvesters Quartet on Sunday afternoon.
Singers of all ages compete in the sing. Winners of the first singing competitions received Loving Cups which were provided by Sears retail store. Until 1950, when a covered stage was built and dedicated to the founders, temporary stages were built from lumber borrowed from R. F. Smith’s saw mill.
All groups are welcome and encouraged to sing in the contest and talent search. Groups wishing to sing in the competition are asked to fill out a registration form by 1pm, Saturday, June 21. Free Admission and no entry fee for this event. For more information on the events at this year’s sing, visit www.gospelsingingconvention.org or call 919-894-4389.