The State Annual Singing Convention will take place June 23-25 at the Benson Singing Grove. 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 located at 400 E Main St, Benson. Some seating is provided, however, spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. There is no charge to attend the sing. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 23. Various community choirs will sing with the last group scheduled for 8:50 p.m. On Saturday, June 24, the Gospel Sing Competition will be held at 10 a.m. followed by various groups throughout the day. On Sunday, June 25, a worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. followed by various groups throughout the day. For more information, call 919-894-4389 or visit www.gospelsingingconvention.org.