By Bear State Bank

About Us: The Bear State of Mind

Where Goeth The
Bear? Who Knoweth?

So Bear State Bank is merging with Arvest pending regulatory approval. Does this mean a prolonged hibernation for The Bear?


Who knows, but let’s have some fun with it! That means a series of contests where you, fellow FOB (Friend of Bear), help us plan his unmapped future.

First up, The Bear Makes a Bucket List. It’s a contest where you decide what The Bear should do before an expected retirement. Should he swim with the dolphins? Maybe climb Everest or run with the bulls in Pamplona? You tell us.

After all, you can’t expect a quiet, riding-off-into-the-sunset long sleep from someone who has spent his days roaring about making banking better for everyone. There’s still some bite left in The Bear, still some trees to climb, beehives to raid and swag to share with his many FOBs.

Being a social animal, The Bear invites you to the party.

You ready to play?


The Bear Makes a Bucket List

What it is: Contest to decide what The Bear should do now that he has the time to do it.

How do I win? Comment on our Facebook post and tell us what The Bear should see, experience, participate in or do before he hangs it up.

What’s in it for me? Bear Wear, such as hoodies, t-shirts, etc. Prizes awarded weekly for the most creative recommendation.


1.Shoot his age in golf

2.Spend time with the grandcubs

3.Attend a weekend series at Wrigley

4.Visit the Holi festival in India

5.Run with the bulls in Pamplona


  1. Drawings will be held each Wednesday. To enter, do one of the following:
    1. Comment on our weekly Facebook post what you think The Bear should see, experience, participate in or do before he goes into hibernation.
    2. Mail your entry into:
    Bear State Bank
    Attn: Marketing
    PO Box 550
    Harrison, AR 72602-0550
  2. Terms & Conditions:
    All entries must be received by midnight the Tuesday before the winner is announced.
    No purchase is necessary to enter.
    Odds of winning depend on the number of entrants.
    Prizes valued at $10. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by the sponsor. No cash or other prize substitution permitted except at sponsor’s discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes shall be the sole responsibility of the winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by winners is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Bear State Bank to use winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
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