Visitors to the Verizon Village at the 20th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York Can Win Big Prizes

Verizon will celebrate the 20th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival this weekend with many activities in the Verizon Village tent to engage people of all ages.

Inside the Verizon Village, visitors can learn about the company's FiOS Internet, FiOS TV, and FiOS Digital Voice products and services.  Additionally, all visitors can enter for the chance to win one of three big-ticket prizes that will be raffled off on Aug. 8. The top prize is a 55-inch LCD TV, followed by a 14-inch laptop and a DROID X - Verizon Wireless' newest smartphone.

"Verizon is extremely pleased to be a part of and support many multicultural events, including this year's Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival," said Oscar Madrid, director of multicultural marketing for Verizon.  "Visitors to the Verizon Village can join in games, receive one of many great giveaways, and even learn about FiOS in English or Chinese or sign up for any of our services."

Younger visitors to the Verizon Village will enjoy the ring toss, while other visitors can test their knowledge with Asianology, a trivia game of questions that has a tie-in to all things Asian.  All visitors can take a commemorative photo with a dragon theme at the on-site photo booth.  The photos will be available to download after Aug. 13 at the Verizon Dragon Boat Photo Gallery page at www.verizon.com/nychinese. Visitors to the website can also find complete details about the raffle or enter online at www.verizon.com/nychinese.

In its 20th year, the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York at Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is one of the oldest and largest multicultural celebrations and sporting events in the U.S. An estimated 170 teams will compete in the races on Aug. 7 and 8.

Reaching out to the Asian community has always been one of Verizon's top priorities. For more than a decade, Verizon has provided in-language customer service support in Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Korean and Vietnamese. Verizon also features in-language websites in Chinese and Korean that provide information on the TV, Internet, and phone services it offers.  For more information in Chinese on Verizon's products and services, call 1-877-575-7015 or visit www.verizon.com/chinese.

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