Welcome to the State Annual Singing Convention
June 24-26, 2016
The State Annual Singing Convention, which brings thousands of people to Benson each year, began modestly in a tobacco warehouse in 1921. About 200 people listened to two choirs that day. Since that time, the State Annual Singing Convention has grown and become one of the largest and oldest gospel sings in the United States.
The singing is held outdoors in downtown Benson in a beautiful one-block oak grove. Some seating is provided; however, spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
There is no charge to attend the Sing or for contestants to enter the Sing. Singing begins at 10a.m. Saturday and Sunday with round robin singing.
Restrooms and dressing rooms are provided for contestants. The professional sound system is provided and maintained by B. B. Nations. The Gospel Museum is open and free to the public on Saturday and Sunday. There is plenty of lodging in the area. Ample parking for buses is designated behind the stage area.
Over 50 amateur, semi-professional and professional groups are expected to appear this year.