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Singing convention set June 21-23

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BENSON— The 99th state annual Singing Convention will be held June 21-23, in the Singing Grove, 400 E. Main St.

The following groups will present 30-minute concerts beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21: Full Reliance, Sheltered Quartet, Good News Quartet, The Crusaders of N.C., The Dunns and the Benson Church of God Choir. There will be no competition Friday night.

Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision, from Morristown, Tennessee, the Saturday host group, will be in concert at 7 p.m. The Three Heath Brothers, the 2018 Sing Grand Champions from Thomasville, will open for Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision at 6:15 p.m.

Many other semi-professional and amateur groups will appear during the weekend. Concerts by the Convention Choir will follow contests on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

As customary, round robin or general non-competitive group singing begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and continues daily with two exceptions: during group competition and the two special Saturday evening concerts.

Competition begins at 2 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Competition categories are duets, trios, quartets, families, church choirs, juniors and live accompaniment.

Due to time restraints, there is not a solo category. Bluegrass gospel groups may also sing in the round robin sessions and regular competition, but there will not be a separate competition category for bluegrass this year.

Trophies will be awarded at the end of competition each day. Groups who enter competition on both days will be eligible for the Grand Champion Cup and the Consolation Cup. The song selection for Sunday must be different from the selection for Saturday. Scores for both days will be used in determining the winners of the Grand Champion Cup and Consolation Cup.

Groups singing in competition should complete a registration form in the office in the Singing Grove by 1 p.m. There is no online registration. There is no entry fee to compete in the contests.

Admission is free and people are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. A tent will be provided.