As Zendaya belted out the lyrics to Fashion is My Kryptonite, Martin mouthed along while shooting video of the afternoon concert at the Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo.
The 12-year-old Hermiston girl knew all the words. She and best friend
Martin and Sather found out last week that the 17-year-old singer, actress and dancer would be on the fair's main stage.
"We were like, 'Oh my gosh, we have to go,' " the girls said together, both placing their hands on their cheeks in excitement.
"This is one of the greatest days of my life," said Sather, of the Tri-Cities.
"Yeah, it's awesome," Martin added before Zendaya returned to the stage from a brief break.
Hundreds of kids -- little and big -- bopped along with Zendaya's one-hour and 15-minute set. The singer encouraged everyone to stand and participate.
"Dance in the aisles. Do whatever makes you feel good. All right?" she said.
The past year has been a successful one for the Disney star.
Zendaya released her self-titled debut album in September, and it was certified platinum in January by the
Her book, Between U and Me: How to Rock Your Tween Years with Style and Confidence, came out in
And she's got the lead in an upcoming Disney Channel show, K.C. Undercover, which she's filming in between shows.
All this came after taking the runner-up spot in the season 16 finale of Dancing with the Stars. She was 16 at the time and the popular show's youngest contestant.
Valdez, who's been watching Disney since she was little, described the experience as "the best ever."
"We like music and we like to dance. It's fun," Mendoza said. "We're glad to see that they did this for the kids. You can't get it wrong with Disney."
Jenyka Xiggenis had one of the better viewpoints -- on top of her dad's shoulders.
The parents were still debating who was going to escort the 7-year-old to the "Meet and Greet" after the concert. They paid
"For her first concert, we can't beat this,"
Richards admitted she doesn't know all of Zendaya's songs, but said it's a cool opportunity to see a hot artist without having to leave the Mid-Columbia.
"Plus, no one really that we know comes to the fair, and we know her," Hill added.
Zendaya reminded everyone in the audience Saturday that her slogan is D.F.T.S. -- Don't Forget to Smile. She said she made it up at age 12 because she believes in always finding the bright side of things and being grateful for what you have.
"Can I see some smiles, please?" the singer said, as fans young and old smiled wide.
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