The Hof Winter Carnival will start with a bang Friday when city and German officials set off ground fireworks at 6 p.m. in front of Union Station on lower 25th Street.

The fifth annual festival is scheduled for Jan. 18, 19 and 20, with residents of Ogden's sister city, Hof, Germany, participating.After the fireworks, residents will be given glow lights for a parade led by musicians to Ogden Park Hotel. Authentic German music, dance and food will be presented at the hotel.

Events this year will include skiing down 25th Street, children's activities, hockey, ice skating, cross-country skiing and rides on a hay wagon pulled by Clydesdale horses.

A pre-carnival event Thursday evening will include a progressive dinner on cross-country skis at the Mount Ogden Golf Course. Skiers will glide on a lighted trail with food stops on the way. The main course will be served in the clubhouse.

For information, call 629-8915.