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Before taking the stage at Cal Expo Friday night, iconic rock star Joan Jett made a stop at The Plum Café on K Street for an afternoon meet-and-greet benefit.

Jett, a vegetarian, was there for two hours to support Farm Animal Sanctuary, a group dedicated to the humane treatment of farm animals.

"I think they do great work," Jett said. "It's a unique niche".

Jett first learned of the group as she watched members of the sanctuary rescuing stranded cows and pigs during the 2008 Midwest floods. She makes trips to the New York sanctuary and now supports the efforts of the two California sanctuaries as well.

Fans of all ages at the benefit were more eager to talk music instead of animals and brought guitars and album covers to be signed while enjoying a vegetarian buffet.

MORE: Joan Jett Greets Fans at Farm Sanctuary Benefit

Jett called the multi-generational fan base "beautiful" and said she's grateful for the support of so many fans for so many years.

"I'm not sure what that speaks to, maybe an independence that people sense in me. I fought my fight," Jett said. "The powers that be said, 'no, we're not ready for you' and I said, 'maybe you're not ready, but he public is ready for me.'"

Hundreds of fans made that clear Friday night at the Golden 1 stage of the California State Fair, where once again, Jett belted out the hits that keep her fans coming back for more.

Rock icon Joan Jett talked with News10's Cristina Mendonsa about her support for Farm Animal Sanctuary and her performance at the State Fair. (Friday, July 18, 2014) News10

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