It began with rudimentary construction materials: chickenwire, cardboard boxes, plaster of paris and the like. But in a matter weeks this mesh of inspired creativity will become a regal lion, pulled by a delivery truck down Main Street.


"We've been spending a lot of time and effort on it," said Kevin Doyel, who is constructing the 8-foot-long parade entry with his wife Denise.


Members of Living Waters Church on Main Street, the Doyels were assigned by church pastor Ben Perea to create the lion, which is commonly mentioned in the Bible.


"We're dependable and capable, so they call us," Doyel said. "Our pastor called the other day and asked, 'How's it coming?'"


Doyel created the frame and basic structure using his 8-foot bed as a rough size guide. ("It was a little of trial with error.") A basket and cardboard box will be used to create the lion's head.


While Doyel utilizes engineering and construction skills, Denise brings artistic sensibilities.


"She's pretty good at arts and crafts," her husband said.


She blended a mixture of flour, water and starch to create a goopy plaster of paris. Taking newspapers donated by the Hesperia Star, she painstakingly covered the wire, bit by bit.


After the lion construction is completed, the Doyels will transport it to their church, which acts as a central location for a food ministry that helps 3,700 familes four times a month. There, many seniors who work feverishly to help the needed will apply tan-colored tissue paper as a final touch.


"It's kind of like a piņata," she said.


Before beginning the construction of their lion, the Doyels picked up Hesperia Days Parade entry paperwork from the chamber office. The lion-building project will culminate on Saturday, Sept. 19, when the lion is pulled down Main Street along with numerous other community floats and figures.


But for the Doyels, who have been married for 27 years, the Hesperia Days Parade entry is just one of many creative projects they help oversee at their church.


"We're always willing to do what's necessary," Kevin Doyel said.


"We've been doing it for years," added Denise Doyel. "We feel great. We love our life."