BENSON – The 2020 State Annual Singing Convention scheduled June 26-28, 2020 has been postponed until next year. This would have been the Centennial celebration. The State Annual Singing Convention Board of Directors made the announcement Wednesday to postpone.
“The Board of Directors has been diligently working for the past two years to bring you the centennial celebration of The Sing, but 2020 turned into a year that no one could have foreseen. We have been actively monitoring the status of the COVID-19 virus, as well as the directives from state and national leaders. After prayerful consideration of the safety of our participants and congregants, as well as the likely time frame for a gathering as large as ours to be allowed, the Board of Directors has decided to postpone the 2020 Singing Convention until June 25-27, 2021. The Board will continue to work hard to make the 2021 Sing a special and memorable event, and there will be no competition in 2021 as we will follow the format that had been planned for 2020,” the Board said in a prepared statement.
“We will miss seeing all of you this year and will be in prayer for the health and safety of you, your families and our world. We hope that you will join us in celebrating God’s many blessings and trusting that He has a plan for us in and through this difficult time,” the board said.
The annual sing brings thousands of people to the Benson singing grove each year. It originated in 1921 in a tobacco warehouse with 200 people listening to two choirs that day. It has grown to become one of the largest and oldest outdoor gospel music sings in the Southeastern United States.