The Yardy mascot was among visitors to the top of Mount Trashmore on Saturday, April 20, during EcoFest 2019. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Abby Huff, executive director of the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District, shows her EcoFest T-shirt. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS – The weather could not have been more picture-perfect for this year’s EcoFest, on Saturday, April 20.

Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures greeted throngs of visitors who attended the free festival in and around NewBo City Market, the Cherry Building and CSPS Hall, along Third Street SE.

The annual event, in honor of Earth Day on April 22, featured educational displays, guest speakers, a book sale, raptor programs, solar energy vendors, art projects, free rides to view Cedar Rapids from the top of Mount Trashmore and more.

With an elevation of 948 feet, the man-made peak is the highest point in Linn County, offering stunning views of downtown Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas.

Originally a quarry, the site became a landfill that closed in 2006, but temporarily reopened after the floods of 2008 to take in flood debris.

See photos from last year’s EcoFest and more from the 2019 festival, below:

Visitors taken to the top of Mount Trashmore during EcoFest were treated to views of downtown Cedar Rapids from an elevation of 948 feet. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Musicians took to the outdoor stage of NewBo City Market during EcoFest 2019 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Save CR Heritage was among the organizations represented at EcoFest 2019. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Trees Forever spread the word about the devastating Emerald Ash Borer during EcoFest 2019. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library featured a book sale in the Cherry Building, next to NewBo City Market. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Gardening books were among the items sold at the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library sale. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

EcoFest activities took place in and around NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Visitors learn about monarch habitat during EcoFest 2019. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Good Neighbor Iowa promoted the benefits of pesticide-free lawns during EcoFest. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

A visitor to the Good Neighbor Iowa booth discusses the group’s pledge to grow lawns without pesticides. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Echollective Farm and Feed Iowa First teamed to sell seedlings to benefit the work of Feed Iowa First. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Visitors discuss initiatives of I-Renew during EcoFest 2019. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Visitors make their way down the grounds of NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

EcoFest T-shirts were printed on-site during the festival. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

Yardy poses for a photo with Jason Evans, Education Director for the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency, at the top of Mount Trashmore. (photo/Cindy Hadish)