For 35 years, every year of her life so far, Amanda Kool has spent the Sunday before Labor Day on the Newport riverbank with her father.
This year, Clyde Platt won't be able to join his daughter there to watch the fireworks. But instead, he'll be part of the show, according to a story in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Platt died unexpectedly on April 8 at age 65. He was cremated and Kool plans to take his ashes to the places that her father wanted her to see: The Grand Canyon, California's redwood forests, Yosemite.
But earlier this summer, she had a thought. What if some of her father's ashes could be part of their favorite event, the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks?
Kool reached out to representatives at WEBN and at Rozzi's Famous Fireworks. Believe it or not, they've done this once before.
In 1992, about an ounce of Frank Wood Sr.'s ashes went into the fireworks show's first shell. Wood was the founder of WEBN, and his son, Frank “Bo” Wood Jr., came up with the idea for the first fireworks while serving as WEBN’s general manager and president.
They haven't done anything like it since. But after hearing from Kool, Joe Rozzi figured it was time to do it again.
"It just seemed like a neat story," he said.
That story started when Kool was only three months old. Her father went to see the fireworks with some family members and took her along.
"That was 1981," said Kool, a Campbell County native. "We went every year. It became a thing."