The State Annual
Singing Convention, which brings many thousands of people to Benson
each year, began modestly in a tobacco warehouse here in 1921. About
200 people listened to two choirs that day.
The singing is held
outdoors in downtown Benson on 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. Saturday the
singing starts at 10 AM and on Sunday we have a worship service
beginning at 9:00 AM led this year by
Dr. Billy Cashwell
and the choir of Benson Grove Baptist Church
We want to thank Dr. Cashwell and the church for adding so much to
the weekend of the Sing. Following the worship service we
round robin singing at approximately 10:00AM continuing until
the beginning of the Memorial Service.
Restrooms and dressing
rooms are provided for the 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 are plenty of motels in the area. Ample
parking for buses is designated behind the stage
Over 50 amateur and
semi-professional and professional groups will appear this
is located one mile south of the intersection of I-40 and
I-95. Take I-95 to exit 79 (highway 27/50). If you
are on I-95 North, turn right at the traffic light onto 27/50,
and if you are going I-95 South, turn right at the light onto
Main Street. Go
less than 1 mile and the Convention Center (shown above) is on
the Left in a large oak grove.