Bagpipe Contest in Gela will be held as always on the first Saturday of August on the Ilinden Meadow, where people from all parts of Bulgaria gather together and have a lot of fun while playing on bagpipes. The goal of the bagpipe festival is to promote the authentic Rhodope folklore, history and traditions.
The festival has become so popular for the past years so that it has become an international festival. Bagpipers from Japan, Holland, Hungary, France, and Great Britain have participated in the contest. The youngest bagpiper who participated in the contest was 5 years old, while the oldest was 85 years old.