More than 200 bowlers from Caldwell, Ballard, Calloway, Crittenden, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Marshall and McCracken counties will take the lanes today and Sunday at Cardinal Lanes in Paducah for the Special Olympics Kentucky Area 1 Bowling Tournament.

The tournament has two sessions today. Opening ceremonies for the first session will begin at 8:45 a.m., with bowling beginning at 9 a.m. Opening ceremonies for the second session start at 12:20 p.m., with bowling at 12:30 p.m.

Today's activities will include the singles and ramp bowling events. The competition will resume at 2 p.m. Sunday with the unified bowling competition. Unified bowling pairs a traditional Special Olympics athlete with a partner who does not have an intellectual disability for training and competition. Opening ceremonies on Sunday begin at 1:45 p.m.

Participants in the tournament bowl two games with total pin fall determining the winner in each division. The Area Bowling Tournament is a qualifying event for the Special Olympics Kentucky State Bowling Tournament, scheduled for Dec. 7-8 in Louisville. Bowling is one of the most popular sports Special Olympics Kentucky offers throughout the year, with nearly 1,300 athletes participating in Special Olympics bowling programs statewide.

The state bowling tournament is the largest individual sport competition -- and second largest competition overall, behind only the state summer games -- on the Special Olympics Kentucky calendar.