About 500 athletes from around the state will compete at the 46th annual Special Olympics Winter Games starting Sunday at Sugarloaf Resort in Carrabassett Valley.

The events at Sugarloaf will run from Sunday evening to Tuesday morning’s closing ceremony, according to a press release from Special Olympics Maine. During the three-day event athletes will compete in Nordic skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoe, speed skating, and dual ski.

On Sunday night, residents of Carrabassett Valley and surrounding areas will play host to the athletes by bringing in casseroles and desserts and serving more than 800 people.

The evening activities also include outdoor skating, hot chocolate, a sing-a-long and karaoke.

The competition will begin Monday morning. The opening ceremonies, featuring a parade of athletes, will begin at noon. That evening athletes will be treated to a torchlight parade, fireworks and victory dance.

Competitions will run through Tuesday morning and will conclude with closing ceremonies at noon on Tuesday.

Special Olympics is a year-round athletic training and competition program for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. In Maine there are more than 3,800 athletes involved in the program.