Students new and old come out in droves for the community-boosting swag-fest that is Caltopia. Find Berkeleyside at booth E104

UC Berkeley freshmen, some looking dazed, others excited, as well as more blasé seniors, turned out in their thousands on Sunday for Day One of Caltopia, the self-described “two greatest days on the planet”.

The event, held at the UC Berkeley Recreational Sports Facility at 2301 Bancroft Way, sees more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their wares and services to the Cal community, including the university’s staff and faculty.

It’s a combination of freebie-fest — with giveaways galore, be it bites of Clif Bars, T-shirts, pens and mouse pads and the chance to win covetable prizes like Kindles from big brand names like Pepsi  — and social mixer.

Berkeleyside made its debut at Calopia yesterday and we will be there again today. Find us at booth E104.

Two friendly faces of Berkeleyside at Caltopia yesterday. We are there again today

We have partnered with a host of wonderful Berkeley businesses to give out fabulous raffle prizes worth in total over $600. We would like to thank the following businesses for their generosity in providing gift certificates: AjantaAxis OpticalBerkeley Hat CompanyBooks Inc.Cioccolata Di VinoEcology CenterElmwood CaféFantastic ComicsFriends of the Berkeley Public LibraryGather RestaurantHotel Shattuck PlazaIdeologieImpact TheatreiScreamJoshu-ya BrasserieLMI.netMoe’s BooksMrs. Dalloway’sPegasusPhil’s SlidersPiQ,Powell’s Sweet ShoppeRevival CaféRudy’s Can’t Fail CaféSaul’s DeliShattuck Plaza HotelShoes on Solano,Slash JeansSummer Kitchen Bake Shop, and Venus Restaurant.

A second raffle prize comes courtesy of  LaVals Pizza and Northside Travel: free pizza for a year, worth over $400. We encourage you to patronize all these great Berkeley businesses and spend your money in the city to boost our local economy. The winners will be announced on Berkeleyside on Wednesday August 24th, one prize for students, one for Cal staff and faculty.

Berkeleyside's Lance Knobel at the Berkeleyside booth at Caltopia

Yesterday also saw the launch of our exciting new partnership with OneNews, makers of the most sophisticated citizen journalism app out there. Find out more at OneNews or by dropping by to see us at Caltopia today. You can become a member of Berkeleyside’s OneNews network by going to the sign-in site. OneNews works with iPhones and Android phones. Versions for Windows 7 phones are in the works.

Admission to Caltopia is free. Full details can be found on the Caltopia website.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...