The Huntington Beach Pier traveled back in time Saturday morning to Missouri of the mid-1800s, the Midwest that Mark Twain immortalized in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
About a dozen boys stood around in overalls, plaid shirts and straw hats looking like they just finished playing along the shores of the Mississippi for the 47th annual Huck Finn Fishing Derby.
Among the barefooted boys, two girls dressed as the protagonist, forgoing Becky Thatcher's flower-print dresses for Huck's blue jeans.
In her overalls and straw hat, 5-year-old Kristabella Hanson competed against the boys in the Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher costume contest.
The Huntington Beach resident was one of more than 200 kids younger than 15 who came out for the free event from around Orange County, said Dottie Hughes, city recreation supervisor.
"We want to provide a fun recreational experience in Huntington, not only for people in the community, but in surrounding communities," she said.