Feral pig hunters spend up big in Gympie

THE regional business community was already winning yesterday, when the shooting started in Gympie's annual war on the feral pig.

The Queensland Big Boar Hunting Championships have already attracted 500 registered competitors, with their families.

Event promoter Ron Owen said motel operators, restaurateurs and macadamia farmers were among winners already.

"The Macadamia Society has sent us a letter of support and we've had macadamia products donated as prizes," he said.

"Each pig can eat 6kg an hour of nuts and 95% of the pigs live in the national parks and forests around their orchards," he said.

Competitors and their families already were spending.

"They all stay somewhere and eat out while they are here," he said.

A preliminary weigh-in this morning from 9am will take some pressure off the main judging tomorrow.

A free family concert and barbecue tonight will be followed by a pig on a spit and prize presentation tomorrow afternoon.